How good is this? But for the most part, beer was the order of the day. The first of the trucks hits the highway with Kimberley music royalty the Pigram Brothers faithfully — yet soulfully — digging into the eponymous Highway to Hell. We hear that song a few more times as we walk on down the road, but everyone does it their own way. The Free Spirit Dance Community, a gypsy caravan and tribal belly dance group, shares their moves resplendent in leather, lace and tartan. Elaborate picnic set-ups are found further down from the main intersections, complete with fully stocked trestle tables with Fisher Price accessories. Rollerbladers and cyclists make the most of the road while pedestrians shuffle along the footpaths. Their truck pulls up to the stage at Tompkins Park where thousands are gathered and proceed to slay one and all with Dirty Deeds.
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It was the band's fifth studio album released internationally and the sixth to be released in Australia. It was the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott , who died early the following year on 19 February In , they landed in America and, with virtually no radio support, began to amass a live following. The band's most recent album, the live If You Want Blood , had reached number 13 in Britain, and the two albums previous to that, 's Let There Be Rock and 's Powerage , had seen the band find their raging, blues-based hard rock sound. Although the American branch of Atlantic Records had rejected the group's LP Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap , it now believed the band was poised to strike it big in the States if only they would work with a producer who could give them a radio-friendly sound. Being told what to do was bad enough but what really pissed off Malcolm and Angus was they felt that George was being treated disrespectfully by Atlantic, like an amateur with no great track record when it came to production Malcolm seemed less pleased with the situation and went so far as to tell Radio 2JJ in Sydney that the band had been virtually "forced" to go with an outside producer. Losing Harry was one thing. Losing George was almost literally like losing a sixth member of the band, and much more. The producer Atlantic paired the band with was South African -born Eddie Kramer , best known for his pioneering work as engineer for Jimi Hendrix but also for mega-bands Led Zeppelin and Kiss.
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Their first collaboration with Mutt Lange-and their first big hit in the U. This was Bon Scott's swan song. Scott had a rusty, raspy, scream of a voice, like he might break into a coughing fit at any moment. In other words, on crunchy, hook-heavy metal classics like the title track, and on "Get It Hot" which is more roadhouse rock than metal, he had the perfect instrument for such wild-living anthems.
It is the opening track of their album Highway to Hell. It was initially released as a single in The song was written by Angus Young , Malcolm Young and Bon Scott , with Angus Young credited for writing the guitar riff which became an instant classic. The song's title and lyrics reflects the incredibly arduous nature of touring constantly and life on the road. The highway that inspired the name of the song, Canning Highway , connects the Perth Kwinana freeway to its port Fremantle and was home to many of Bon Scott's favourite pubs and hotels, including the Raffles Hotel. The single spent 45 weeks on the German Singles Chart , even though it peaked at only No. Lead vocalist Bon Scott was found dead in the back of a friend's car, just over six months after the song was released. Released by Atlantic Records Atlantic From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hard rock .