Hell’s Bells to play Gosnells tribute for longtime fan

AC/DC tribute act Hell’s Bells in action.
AC/DC tribute act Hell’s Bells in action.

AC/DC tribute act Hell’s Bells are repaying a fan’s loyalty with a special show.

WA longest-serving AC/DC tribute act is returning to the Gosnells Hotel for a special cause.

Hell’s Bells, which started life in 2005, will mark its 10th annual Gosnells show with a special benefit concert to aid a friend in her fight against cancer.

Guitarist and founder Mal Osborne said the band wanted to help one of their longest-serving fans who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer after watching her daughters battle the disease.

“Donna has always been one of our most loyal supporters, always front row with her daughters as they’ve come of age,” he said.

“We’ve always done a bit of fundraising, whether it be for Make-A-Wish, Canteen, Strike a Chord or Men’s prostate cancer.

“She’s just a lovely person and it was pretty easy of us to auction off banners.”

Osborne said their fans were one of the reasons they still performed together after nearly 12 years.

“They support us; we get as much from the audience as we give them. It’s a cycle: we’re having fun, they’re having fun, they give it back to us and we give it back to them,” he said.

He said fans would be treated to an energetic performance that covered the band’s glory days in the mid ’70s and early ’80s.

“We build the brand around the fact the music of AC/DC is meant to be enjoyed and that’s what we do on stage and we make sure the audience comes along for the ride,” he said.

“We find we’re better off number one playing the Bon Scott stuff and the live versions and number two, the Brian Johnson stuff like Back in Black. If we can finish off with Highway to Hell, TNT and Thunderstruck, people are almost fainting.”

Osborne said the Gosnells gig was a homecoming of sorts.

“It was one of the first venues we played. We built up a following and it was our hometown,” he said.