AC/DC played their first-ever show 40 years ago today -- December 31st, 1973 -- at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney, Australia.

With Angus and Malcolm Young on guitars, the line-up was rounded out by singer Dave Evans, bassist Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess. Looking back, Evans says, "We absolutely killed it because everyone was drunk... It was a great start to the band to be in the top nightspot absolutely chock full of people going crazy on New Year’s Eve. We couldn’t have had a better start.”

The band's two sets consisted mainly of Beatles, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley covers, but there were a few originals, including "Show Business," "Rock n Roll Singer" and "Soul Stripper."


AC/DC setlist from December 31, 1973

Set One:

School Days (Chuck Berry, which they recorded for 1975's TNT)

Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones)

Get Back (The Beatles)

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)

No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry)

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (The Beatles)

The Old Bay Road

Midnight Rock

Show Business (later included on High Voltage)

Rock n Roll Singer (TNT)

Soul Stripper (High Voltage)

Rockin’ in the Parlour

Can I Sit Next to You Girl (TNT)

Baby Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams cover - later on High Voltage)


Set Two - songs not repeated from the first set:

Nadine (Chuck Berry)

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)

That’s Alright, Mama (Elvis Presley)

Tutti Fruitti (Little Richard)

Lucille (Little Richard)

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