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Deep Purple Frontman Recalls AC/DC Booting

By Andrew Tijs
Wed, 10 Jan 2007 02:40:55 +1100

Whitesnake and Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale has told of AC/DC's cheeky Sunbury debut. reports that Coverdale had a run in with a then-unknown AC/DC at Australia's Woodstock, the Sunbury Music Festival. Deep Purple were the headliners in 1975, the final year of Sunbury which suffered huge financial losses not least because of Deep Purple's $60,000 fee.

Coverdale said that after a "less-than-satisfactory performance" by Deep Purple, to a dwindling, rain-sodden crowd, the band left only to hear more music coming from the stage. He said, "Apparently, a young Aussie band had jumped onstage, plugged into our gear and started playing! Well, all hell broke loose, from what I was told. Our roadies (big buggers to a man) wrestled with the young band to get them off our equipment and off the stage. Chaos and frolics ensued."

Of course, the band was a very young AC/DC. "I cracked up when I heard," Coverdale continued, "I thought it was great! And that is how I remember that episode. I worked with and got to know the lads many years later and we recalled that time over a pint or two. Very funny memory!"
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