Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Hanging out with Bon, Angus and the Boys; Grafton Teenagers at the Time, Tim Clark and Gary Owen Recall the Night AC/DC Brought Down the Basketball Stadium

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Hanging out with Bon, Angus and the Boys; Grafton Teenagers at the Time, Tim Clark and Gary Owen Recall the Night AC/DC Brought Down the Basketball Stadium

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Byline: LESLEY APPS lesley.apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT WAS the summer of 1975, a predictably hot December Friday afternoon in the Jacaranda City and the local basketball teens were skateboarding around the boards of the Garden Theatre-come-basketball stadium in anticipation of another all-ages show that night.

The roadies arrived to set up, followed by the band members to 'check out the venue'. Sixteen-year-old Gary Owen had borrowed his mate's board and was rolling around when a young Bon Scott asked him for go.

"I told him no, as it wasn't mine and there was this golden rule that you never loaned a mate's board," Gary, now living in Lennox Head, reluctantly remembers of the time.

Gary said the whole AC/DC experience was 'pretty awesome'. Being in the basketball fraternity Gary said they had special privileges like early access to the venue. "We all partied hard that night. The boys blew the roof off," he said.

"I remember this girl had touched Angus' hand so I touched her hand and said to her 'You're God'.

Fifteen-year-old Tim Clark also got his dose of AC/DC, namely Angus Young's sweat.

"Me and my mate Rod Tarrant were up the front leaning into the speaker, as you did back then, and Angus was playing on top of it sweating all over us," Tim said.

Then a St Aloysius lad, Tim who was also in the basketball brigade, had an important job whenever bands were set to play at the venue.

"I used to take down the basketball backboard and hoop that was above the stage so the bands could set up. I used to get into all the gigs for free that way."

Tim, now a Grafton plasterer, said the show was a great night and the crowd of mostly teenagers rocked without any dramas. "There were about 500 of us, so it wasn't crowded although it was a bit squashy up the front, but it was no mosh pit," he said.

The hard working AC/DC were in Grafton as part of their 1975 TNT tour, which saw them take in hundreds of venues around the country playing almost every night from September through to January the following year including major cities and centres to the smallest of country towns like Kempsey, Moree, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Coffs and Inverell. …

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