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March 31, 2009 — For those about to rock, Hell’s Belles salute you, along with their legendary Australian male counterparts, as the all-female AC/DC cover band brings its classic-rock tribute show to Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead for the April 1 edition of the free Bud Light Street Beat Series, presented by Volvo.
Armed with a truckload of AC/DC classics, including “Back in Black”, “TNT”, “Hells Bells”, “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”, the Belles do more than justice to the Aussie legends. On more than one occasion, they have been told they manage to “out-AC/DC AC/DC”.
Wearing the signature tie and schoolgirl uniform, dreadlocked lead guitarist Adrian Conner plays the role of Angus Young, co-founder of AC/DC, along with his brother Malcolm in 1973. Conner stamps and struts as she tackles Young’s legendary fretwork while band mates Mandy Reed (bassist Cliff Williams), Lisa Brisbois (rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young), Melodie Zapata (drummer Phil Rudd) and Jamie Nova (vocalists Bon Scott and Brian Johnson) take the audience on a precise and devoted head-banging journey.
Immediately, as the five women take the stage and the familiar gong sounds open the band’s namesake song, it becomes apparent that the women are not there to be cute or simply attract attention. The ladies are up there because they love to rock.
Although she has been with the band for eight years and has performed hundreds of shows around the world in tribute, Conner only recently saw AC/DC perform live in Tacoma, Washington.
“They’re the greatest rock and roll band ever,” offered Conner. “It was very boy-oriented, but it’s still good music, and I feel it is good hearted at the center of it.”
The band’s new project, entitled “Highway to Black”, is a 90-minute rock marathon comprising the complete albums of “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black”.
“It makes it tangible for people who weren’t into AC/DC before,” explained Conner. “We give it a new face.”
All Bud Light Street Beat free concerts get under way at 6 p.m. at either Checkpoint Charlie in the heart of Vail Village or at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead. Concert-goers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the outdoor performances, with food and beverages available for purchase at each show.
In addition to the free concert, Eagle, Lake and Summit County residents can register to win the season-long grand prize as Volvo Cars of North American will give away a 2009 Volvo C-30 to one lucky local at the final concert on April 15.
Out of town guests can also cash in as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail have teamed up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway for a lucky non-resident, featuring a return vacation trip to Vail with deluxe accommodations. The Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway will also be awarded at the final free performance.
The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series will rock on this month with performances by Everlast on April 8 and the final free concert on April 15, featuring Chadzilla & the Asteroids.
The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series, presented by Volvo, is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Bud Light Street Beat, visit www.streetbeatconcerts.com.
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