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Published September 5th 2015
Acca Dacca live on
For decades, AC/DC have been belting out hits and concerts continue, albeit with a somewhat replaced line-up of band members. With the band's close ties to Melbourne, it was only fitting that these legends of rock and roll were given a laneway in Melbourne bearing the group's name.
Street art of Angus Young, the only original member left in the band
Originally named Corporation Lane, the generic name given to otherwise nameless lanes, Melbourne Council voted unanimously to change it to AC/DC Lane as a tribute to these cultural ambassadors for Australia. The location also played a part, with the lane being in the bar and rock district of the city.
AC/DC Lane is, of course, filled with street art as many of Melbourne's laneways are and they have recently added the lightning bolt to the street signage, as was synonymous with the band's name. Bon Scott's image appears above the street name, which has been stolen several times. A great piece of work in the laneway shows Angus Young (picture above) with guitar and flames in a familiar pose.
There are two businesses in the laneway. One is a rock 'n' roll nightclub, the Cherry Bar. Very appropriate and catering to the late night party crowd, many local acts play live followed by DJ's continuing into the wee hours. The other business at the end of the laneway is Pastuso restaurant, serving Peruvian and Latin American food with a 'feed me' option that includes a chef's selection of an entree, street food, main, and desserts to share.
Take a look next time you're in Melbourne CBD. The laneway can be found off Flinders Lane between Exhibition and Russell Streets. It is a great honour that Melbourne has bestowed. The memories will live on, long after the band hang up their instruments.
In February this year, the local council renamed another laneway, worthy of a mention here. Amphlett Lane was born as a tribute to the late Chrissy Amphlett of The Divinyls. They couldn't ignore the petition with over 7,000 names on it. Chrissy was from Geelong and her career was launched in Melbourne. Her tribute lane, previously known as CL1639, can be found off Little Bourke Street between Spring and Exhibition Streets in the theatre area she loved and played in.
Hats off to Melbourne for these credits to our icons and let's hope the trend continues. It is a great idea renaming these laneways after music legends and much better than a heap of them marked Corporation Lane (CL), followed by a number. An exceptional recognition well deserved in both these cases.