In honour of the Cherry Bar’s wine series, we went back into our archives and dug up the photos of the opening of ACDC Lane, back in 2004.
Cherry Bar Wine Series:
Wine no 1.
A 2018 Cab Merlot from Western Australia commemorating the naming of ACDC Lane.
Cherry Bar owner/booker James Young, and Paddy Donovan, now CEO of Music Victoria, ran a successful campaign to convince the Melbourne City Council to change the name of Corporation Lane to AC/DC Lane (where Cherry Bar was the only operating business) to honour AC/DC’s unique connection to Melbourne.
Lead singer Bon Scott was raised in Sunshine, drummer Phil Rudd was born in Melbourne, the band lived in St. Kilda and wrote their first two albums there, and the famous “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock n Roll)” clip was filmed just a stone’s throw from Cherry Bar, down Swanston Street, City, which runs parallel to AC/DC Lane.
On the 1st of Rocktober 2004 Cherry Bar got its new address… AC/DC Lane was launched by the Lord Mayor John So, “As the song says, there is a Highway To Hell, but this is a Laneway To Heaven. Let us rock!”
From The Age newspaper at the time:
After weeks of speculation, Corporation Lane in the city will be renamed ACDC Lane in a move described last night as a victory for rock ‘n’ roll.
Melbourne City Council unanimously voted to honour the Australian rockers, who in 1975 filmed their classic rock anthem It’s a Long Way to the Top on the back of a flatbed truck travelling down Swanston Street.
After a public submission process that received five objections, the council looked at other options, including a plaque in Swanston Street. However, council staff last night told the committee the 28 submissions in support of the name change had almost doubled, including one recent submission from Switzerland with 33 signatures of support for ACDC Lane.
Cr Anthony Nicholson described as “a spurious argument” a suggestion that renaming the lane after AC/DC could attract undesirable behaviour. He said he could not imagine a more appropriate way to recognise the band.
Since forming in late 1973, AC/DC has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide. The band already has a street – Calle AC/DC in Madrid – named in its honour.
Former Triple R broadcaster James Young told last night’s council meeting that renaming Corporation Lane, off Flinders Lane, was a tremendous opportunity to recognise AC/DC and to celebrate “a fantastic, vibrant part of Melbourne’s culture”.
“Ideally, I’d like to see a statue of the flatbed truck in Swanston Street, but renaming this lane associates Melbourne with AC/DC, and fans, from interstate and internationally, will go there and have an AC/DC experience.”
Outside the meeting, Mr Young said he was surprised with the decision. “It’s a victory for Melbourne rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.
Original article: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/09/09/1094530766163.html#