Update: Please note that the venue for Candlelight: Tribute to AC/DC and more has changed due to renovations at 75 Reid Street.
Hard rock, blues rock and heavy metal? No, “Man didn’t know ’bout a rock ‘n’ roll show” until AC/DC turned up, plugged in their guitars and belted out “It’s A Long Way To The Top”. And “(If You Wanna Rock N Roll)”, or rather hear AC/DC’s greatest hits albeit done differently, Candlelight is paying tribute to the “the greatest rock and roll band of all time” with a special string quartet concert in July.
Fans of ACCA DACCA and fans of string quartets (and, obviously, fans of both) can experience the magic of Candlelight rocking out in the beautiful The Athenaeum Theatre. The historic venue with its ornate wall decorations, plush red seats and balcony seating transforms into a glowing chamber with hundreds of candles flickering.
It is no AC/DC concert, but Candlelight is something else and audiences will be carried away with this performance by Eclective String Quartet featuring drums. Songs on the setlist include classic numbers like “Back In Black” and “Thunderstruck” as well as “TNT”, “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”, “Shoot To Thrill”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “A Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Big Jack”.
There’s a quality to string quartets that makes their performances sublime and there’s reason why it has a special status and significance in Western musical culture. With the play between two violins, viola and cello, range, dynamism and timbre come to the fore to excite and elevate. And with drums backing their every movement, it’s going to be dynamite.
The setlist for Candlelight: Tribute to AC/DC and more is rounded out by songs from INXS, Jimi Hendrix, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses.
This special tribute concert takes place on Saturday 23 July with two illuminated 65-minute performances on the evening. The first is at 6:30pm followed by another at 8:30pm.