It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll, but British Columbia’s famed tribute act to legendary rockers AC/DC, aptly named BC/DC, is already there. Paying homage to a band that has inspired generations of musicians to learn to play and form their own bands, BC/DC takes pride in separating themselves from “tribute acts claiming to be “North America’s #1 clone’ or ‘just like the real thing.’”
On June 15 and 16, Yukoners will have the chance to once again experience the group that has “so successfully branded the Aussie band’s timeless raunch with such epic rock ’n’ roll fury, while also managing to bottle the essence of a wild frontier lifestyle,” live in concert, as they proclaim in their promotions. BC/DC will be performing two nights at the Jarvis Street Saloon, with support from special guests Leg Up Hands Down as the opening act.
BC/DC pays homage to AC/DC’s entire career, putting its own twist on the rock ’n’ roll that fans know and love. They describe their guitarist as a “maniac,” noting that he occasionally wears an Evel Knievel costume on stage and that they have a lead singer who acts as a hybrid of AC/DC’s two frontmen and goes by the stage name Brian “Bon” Johnscottson. Fans of AC/DC and enthusiasts of rock ’n’ roll history—this band is for you.
The past few years have been some of the most tumultuous in AC/DC’s career. It came as something of a shock to fans when drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in 2014 for attempting to procure a murder and for possession of illegal substances, and sentenced to eight months of house arrest. The band chose to continue without him, recruiting Chris Slade, instead, who had previously replaced Rudd in the 1980s. Since group founder Malcolm Young unfortunately had to step down after being diagnosed with dementia that same year, the band has never been the same and younger brother Angus has been the only remaining original member.
To add to the turmoil, in 2016, long-time lead vocalist Brian Johnson was also forced to leave the group due to hearing loss and was replaced by Guns N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose, for the remainder of the tour that was already underway at this time. The older Young brother tragically passed away last November from complications with his dementia, leaving the rock world to mourn and the future of AC/DC more uncertain than ever.
With the greatest rock bands in the world gradually disappearing, it is tribute bands like BC/DC who keep alive the legacies of the artists who changed the world. Few tribute bands have seen the success BC/DC has. This is a band that has toured the world, playing in such countries as China, Thailand, Mexico and the United States. Its biggest-ever concert had an attendance of 24,000 people.
Make sure you don’t miss out on one of two evenings full of massive energy, wild times and high-voltage rock ’n’ roll. Advance tickets are available at Triple J’s Music Café and the Jarvis Street Saloon. Check out BC/DC’s website, www.bcdc.ca, for more.