On Tuesday 23rd of February — coinciding with the 34th anniversary of ACDC’s famous film clip shoot down Swanston Street — S.L.A.M (Save Live Australian Music) is organising a protest in support and celebration of the music scene in Victoria where current liquor licensing laws threaten to pull the plug on live music.
We will meet at 4pm outside the State Library and make our way along Swanston and up Bourke St to Parliament House in Spring St where we will have guest speakers from 6-7.
We have organised the Rockwiz Orchestra with guest performers to lead the rally repeating the three chords from ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ in the back of a flat bed truck as we follow — ALL 10,000+ OF US — holding placards and instruments chanting down these ridiculous laws!
See also : Musos rally to SLAM state for lack of industry backing, Patrick Donovan, The Age, February 2, 2010: “THOUSANDS of musicians and fans will take to the streets on February 23 to protest against the state government’s lack of support for the industry. A group with the working title SLAM (Save Live Australian Music) is organising the rally to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the filming of AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top video clip along Swanston Street…” | Tote Last Drinks Live Broadcast Tonight on 3CR (January 18, 2010) | Last drinks at The Tote! (January 14, 2010).
Note that AC/DC were accompanied by the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band as they rocked and rolled their way down Swanston Street. “The toughest but least disciplined troops in North Africa” ~ Lt General Erwin Rommel, GOC Deutsches Afrika Korps, on the 9th Division.
The year 1941 was a dark one for the Allies. The Germans conquered all before them but Tobruk held out against Rommel and stood in the way of his advance towards Egypt and the Suez Canal. The defiance of the defenders of Tobruk raised morale in the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Those who served there became known as the ‘Rats of Tobruk’, so-called because the German radio propaganda broadcaster ‘Lord Haw Haw’ described them as rats living in the ground.
LET THERE BE ROCK!
Sue Maclellan [on sticking it to “The Man”] Yes! But, you can’t just say it, man. You’ve gotta feel it in your blood and guts! If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at The Man! And right now, I’m The Man. That’s right, I’m The Man, and who’s got the guts to tell me off? Huh? Who’s gonna tell me off?
Freddy: Shut the hell up, Maclellan!
Sue Maclellan: That’s it Freddy, that’s it! Who can top him?
Alicia: Get outta here, stupidass.
Sue Maclellan: Yes, Alicia!
Summer Hathaway: You’re a joke, you’re the worst bureaucrat we’ve ever had!
Sue Maclellan: Summer, that is great! I like the delivery because I felt your anger!
Summer Hathaway: Thank you.
Lawrence: You’re a fat loser and you have body odor.
Sue Maclellan: …All right, all right! Now, is everybody nice and pissed off?