Whitesnake Star Remembers AC/DC’s Surprising Greatness

Ex-Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden remembered the golden days he lived with the Australian rock band AC/DC and took fans back to 1980 in the recent interview he made with the Classic Rock.

When he asked if he had a piece of the story of those days, the guitarist replied: “I had no idea how big AC/DC was at the time because I’d last seen them at the Marquee years earlier. We opened the first night and there were about eight thousand people.

“We got to the gig for the soundcheck, and there was this English pub all set up backstage – dartboard, pool table, bar, pipes, glasses, beer mats, everything.

“Between sets, we’d be playing darts. I might be teamed up with Malcolm or Angus and we’d be playing Brian Johnson and Ian Paice.”

He continued the crowd’s insane yelling for AC/DC and added it was amazing.

“The crowd would be going nuts outside, screaming: ‘AC/DC! AC/DC!’ Then just at the point when you thought there might be a riot, the bell would ring, they’d put the darts away and off they’d go.

“It was just amazing. I stood and watched them every night. I think it was one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bills of all time.”

Bernie Marsden rocked the stage with Whitesnake between 1978 to 1982.


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