This article was published on March 14th, 2022
If you thought GayC/DC was going to settle for being a massively entertaining one-off, you were wrong because these glitter-hugged and feather boa-frocked rockers are back with a vengeance and ready to take the West Coast by storm!
GayC/DC, the world’s only all-queer AC/DC tribute band, have been champing at the bit to get back on the road since the start of the pandemic to entertain live rock audiences, but not just any audiences. They want to bring their special brand of glam-rock showmanship to those who have been waiting patiently for them — the gayest audiences in town.
Having kicked off their tour on March 12th in Tarzana, California, at Maui Sugar Mill, GayC/DC will be circling the West Coast with more dates to be announced.
“We aim to give the audience the very best stage show we can deliver, so you can bet the music is going to be spot on and razor-sharp, and the props and costume changes will keep you in stitches,” promises lead vocalist Chris Freeman.”While we are dead serious about getting the music right, we bring humor to the rest of the show, and we hope to leave you laughing and smiling.”
Founded by Freeman and Brian Welch, the band’s drummer, the idea for GayC/DC came from bouncing around names for a band that would mesh well with their combined love for AC/DC and playing in LGBT spaces. For those who aren’t familiar, AC/DC is a famous Australian hard rock band popular in the late 70s. Bassist Glen Pavan, lead guitarist Steve McKnight, and new addition Clint Yeager on rhythm guitar add their own flair while staying true to AC/DC’s original sound.
“When we put this band together, we envisioned playing a few shows for our friends here and there, maybe at [gay club] The Eagle LA or someone’s house. Maybe even a San Francisco show,” says Welch. “But then we were blown away by the reception we got at our first show. And that’s when we really started to see the potential reach of this band. We knew we could make a splash, and maybe some young LGBTQ kid would see us and be inspired to strike out on their own and start their queer band too. The more, the merrier, right?”
GayC/DC’s mission is to create unforgettable shows with an over-the-top presentation inspired by the band’s lifelong love of music and desire to entertain. The LGBTQ+ community has always been a kindred soul with rock n’ roll, so it was only natural for these two musical minds to see an opportunity to celebrate pride through music.
“When you trace it all back to those rock n’ roll pioneers who were making waves on stage and off – Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, etc., they were forging their paths and being a thorn in the side of society,” says Welch.
“Of course, those of us who knew we were different could relate to being the misfits, the weirdos. But we saw ourselves up on those stages, and that gave some of us the courage to break down that closet door and be who we wanted to be. That courage was also found at Stonewall. Those clothes, costumes, and outfits gave us the strength to stand up for ourselves. Whether it was David Bowie, The Village People, or Rob Halford, we could all identify with the look and the power of that look.”
GayC/DC’s most recent release was a cover of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’ n’ Roll),” a collaboration with LA-based band Well Hung Heart last Fall. Fans can expect more music coming shortly, which is always an exciting proposition from this brand of boogie rockers.
And as you’re probably dying to know where GayC/DC will be playing next, here are the dates to circle on your calendar:
- March 12 – Maui Sugar Mill (Tarzana, CA)
- March 18 – Bottom of the Hill (San Francisco, CA)
- March 19 – El Corazon (Seattle, WA)
- May 13 – Bossanova Lounge (Portland, OR)
- May 14 – Harlow’s (Sacramento, CA)
- May 15 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
- June 17 – Rebel Lounge (Phoenix, AZ)
- June 18 – Bisbee Pride (Bisbee, AZ)
- June 25 – Taverna Costera (Las Vegas, NV)