Q&A Scene: Nick Barker

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

“Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott” is a narrated concert about the life of Bon Scott.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

This show is a toasted cheese sandwich from a servo washed down with a swig of scotch.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

From this show the AC/DC track “Ride On” is most poignant and a bit eerie given the context.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

From my thirty years I have a million, one that sticks is driving nine hours to Geraldton for a gig to be greeted with a banner stating that “Dave Barker from Nick Barker and the Reptiles” would be performing that night?

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For this project, strictly the man himself Bon Scott, incredible singer and lyricist.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“Down Payment Blues”.

What’s next for you?

“Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott” at the National Theatre St Kilda Feb 26-28.

What’s your scene?

Dumb rock ‘n’ roll

About Nick Barker

The legend of Bon Scott will be ever-present  in February when Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott rocks the National Theatre in the week of the 40thanniversary of the filming of AC~DC’s iconic film clip forIt’s a Long way to the Top.

The show is narrated and sung by Australian music legendNick Barker with an incredible four-piece rock line up including Ashley Naylor from the RocKwiz Orkestra.   It tells the story of Bon Scott’s life – his childhood, his family, his secrets, the bands that came before his rise to fame with AC~DC, and his rock and roll dreams.

Helpmann award-winning producer Andrew Barker was inspired to explore and write Bon’s story after co-creatingTHE MAN IN BLACK: THE JOHNNY CASH STORY.  “It’s always  struck me that Bon Scott was a working class hero and underdog and like Cash he had a unique story separate to the band, as fascinating as it was moving and intriguing, ” Andrew said.

“The story is so familiar that it’s in everyone’s memory as if we were all there. AC~DC,  riding high through the middle of Melbourne in the 1970s, singing the story of life on the road, of dreams and broken promises, of the long way to the top.  At the centre of the band stood a man with bagpipes and a wicked grin – Bon Scott. Bon’s bravado was famous, his survival skills finely tuned, and at that time he was ready to be a rock and roll superstar.“

Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be follows Bon’s life from Scotland to Australia, through his hell-raising teenage years and the bands that came before AC~DC – the Spektors, the Valentines and Fraternity. From hippie epiphanies to bubblegum pop to the iconic early years of AC~DC the show celebrates the music, the heartbreak and the life of Bon Scott – a quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon.

Nick Barker who has performed the lead role since 2011 said, “Bon lived in Lansdowne Street East St. Kilda and Dalgety Street St. Kilda and it feels really fitting to be performing this show in his old stomping ground.”

Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be is part narrative, part rock concert and you will discover things you will never have known about him. It’s going to be fantastic to crank up the sound and play the songs that tell the story of his life.”

HellAin’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott is on Friday 26 February to Sunday 28 February at The National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street St Kilda (cnr Barkly Street). Tickets $42.50 to $50 (plus transaction fee) available at  www.nationaltheatre.org.au .

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