Australian Associated Press reports that when AC/DC played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their first tour outside Australia in 1976, lead singer Bon Scott took the train to the gig and had to buy a ticket to get into the venue after he couldn't get past bouncers.
But when AC/DC on Tuesday night (October 21) cut the ribbon for the re-named Hammersmith Apollo's rebirth as a rock venue, the great survivors of heavy rock and roll continued their drive back to smaller crowds.
They played with THE ROLLING STONES in front of a crowd of 450,000 in Toronto in July, three weeks after performing for 3,000 in Berlin and 1,000 in Munich.
Either way, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams had no plans to slow down, 30 years and more than 200 million album sales after AC/DC's first gig at the old Chequers club in Sydney.
"I love every minute of it," said Johnson, the 56-year-old lead singer who joined the band following Scott's death in 1980.
"This year has been a lot of fun and excitement, gigs with THE STONES, and doing smaller gigs which I've never done with the boys before.
"We don't have the whole set and all the bangs and whistles, it's just the five boys on stage.
"In a small venue we're a real unit, [guitarist] Malcolm [Young]'s not 25 yards away, he's just next to me. It's good fun.
"You just go out there and rely on your wits, you've got no tricks." Read more.