Friday, January 11, 2013

NEWS/ GOSSIP: Was Canning Highway in Perth the Highway to Hell?

AC/DC, 1974 or 1975, Phil Rudd, Mark Evans, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott
Around a month ago I was talking to a guy in a pub in Toowoomba who had just spent a few months working in Perth. He claimed that old-timers at the Rivervale Hotel in Perth say Bon Scott (who spent a lot of time in Perth in his late-teens) based the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell' at least in part on the somewhat dull four-lane Canning Highway which runs around 10-15 kms from Fremantle's port east to the corner with Shepparton Road in Victoria Park where it changes name to Great Eastern Highway. Stories like these may contain some element of fact but should be investigated further. If "hell" was the Victoria Park end, not the Fremantle end, this makes more sense. Victoria Park especially in the 1960s and 1970s was a dead-end of red-brick high-rise council flats, brothels, cheap motels, porno bookstores, used car yards, motorcycle stores (they still exist), and not a lot of hope. Even local football club Perth Demons had a history of lack of success and in fact the club has not won a premiership since 1977. Interesting gossip. As Joe Strummer of The Clash wote: "You know what they said, well some of it was true" [by Kieran James, 12 January 2013, busukwebzine@y7mail.com].

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