VIDEO: AC/DC drummer to join tribute band in Sutton

The original drummer from AC/DC is to take to the stage in Sutton next week - joining a tribute act to the rock superstars.

Tony Currenti, 64, who played on the Australian band’s first album in 1974, is flying in from Down Under to join Pure/DC at the Diamond Club.

The group, which will cover famous songs stretching the band’s 42-year history, are on a month-long tour of Britain and after making contact with Tony over the internet, invited him to join the group.

Podge Blacksmith, who plays AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson in the Essex-based group, said: “To be working with Tony, who is a part of AC/DC history, will be a lot of fun.

“I’m really looking forward to it.

“He hadn’t picked up the sticks for 38 years but we asked if he would come over and he accepted.”

As a 23-year-old session drummer in 1974 , Tony was asked to work with brothers and AC/DC founder members Malcolm and Angus Young on their album ‘High Voltage’ in Sydney, and drummed on all but one track.

He was asked to join the group permanently, but declined because he was of Italian descent and e would not have been able to tour Europe without being called up for national service.

Pure/DC will perform 
at the Diamond Club on Stoney Street on Thursday, April 28.

Tickets are priced at £7 for members and £9 for non-members and can be bought by phoning 01623 456617.