“ONE OF THE BEST BANDS I HAVE EVER SEEN”
We’re just 5 girls who dig playing AC/DC more than anything! We aren’t AC/DC, and we don’t pretend to be. In BACK:N:BLACK, we just try to bring our own love for AC/DC’s music as fans to the stage, show the songs the kind of musical respect they deserve — and put on a show we’d like to go see! We started out in 2010 and are based in Switzerland.
- 2016 Festival and club tours confirmed for Europe, UK, Israel, Caribbean
- 2015 Tours in Switzerland, Czech Republic, England, Liechtenstein, Italy (~8,000+)
- 2014 Bon Fest (Scotland-sold out), Fêtes de Genève (Largest Swiss French street Fest)
- 2013 Montreux Jazz Fest (sold out); Züri Fäscht (Largest Swiss German street Fest, 1M)
- 2012 Rock Oz’Arènes w/ ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Iggy & Stooges, Gotthard (Crowd: ~6,000)
- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2041 Verbier Bike Fest (Crowd: ~5,000)
- 2010, 2011 German Festival Rock Am Bach (Crowd: ~6,000)
“I like your band. Your drummer is great.”—Phil Rudd, Drummer AC/DC
“Great band, very professional and well worth a look.
If you like AC/DC you’ll love these girls. :)”—Jackie ‘JAX’ Chambers, Girlschool
“Amazing stage presence and high energy riffs”—BonFest 2014, Scotland
“…converted my girlfriend to liking AC/DC. Thank You!”—The AC/DC Family
- What made you decide on being an AC/DC tribute? How did you get the idea to form such a band?
AC/DC has written some of the best music in the world. Of course, we all write our own music as well, but we really love coming together to just rock out and share this moment with other AC/DC fans. It’s always a great energy at our shows because everyone just loves the music!
- Why did you decide to make it an all woman band?
There are so many guy tribute bands to AC/DC as well, so we decided to show that girls can rock just as hard. As you can imagine, this is a bit of a double-edged sword because we are still somewhat a novelty in the world of rock! Amazing, isn’t it? It may help us get gigs because it is viewed as something exotic. But this is actually exactly what we are trying to fight against – women just have as much of a place in rock’n’roll as men.
- Why did you choose the name Back N Black?
It was our first singer’s decision to name the band after her favorite AC/DC album. She’s long ago moved overseas but the name stuck.
- Have you recorded any albums (studio and/or live) as a band?
Yes, we have. Actually, we record every show so we can listen to it afterwards and improve. We have also recorded our concert at the Verbier Bike Fest in 2014 and put out a DVD/CD of it. You can get it on backnblackgirls.com/merch
- What was it like to play Bon Fest in 2014? Do you think you’ll play there again?
We just got back from playing Bon Fest 2016! Just like the one in 2014, this was an unbelievable experience. You cannot imagine what it’s like to play in a hall or tent full of people who love AC/DC just as much as you do. Also, this year was the unveiling of Bon’s statue in his home town Kirriemuir, so it was an even bigger honor for us to play there again.
- Would you ever tour with other tribute bands such as The Iron Maidens or Judas Priestess?
Sure,we’d tour with anyone, as long as they are cool people and love music!
7. Could you fill me in on your new DVD? Which concert is it covering? Any special material to watch out for?
It was recorded live at the Verbier Bike Fest in the Alps in Switzerland. It was a great show and we had so much fun so we filmed even more videos and made real music video clips that didn’t just feature footage from the show, but also footage of cool 70s cars, fire breathers and dancers!
- Have any actual AC/DC members complimented your work?
Yes, Phil Rudd really likes our band. We are friends with his daughters on Facebook and they showed him our videos. Also, Brian has one of the DVDs from when we went to the show in Zurich last year.
9. Do you play any songs from the Dave Evans (original singer) era?
There is no Dave Evans “era” per se, he only recorded two songs with AC/DC, one of which was then re-recorded with Bon. So, no.
- What would you consider AC/DC’s golden era?
AC/DC’s music is very timeless, and they have been true to their style throughout their career. Of course, you get different production nuances in the 70s, 80s and 90s, but that’s just the icing on the big rock cake.
- What’s next for you ladies?
Next we are going to play a cool show in Zurich as a tribute to Brian Johnson. We have invited Nympherno, a fire breather group from London who are also in our videos, and will have an air guitar competition. It will be a fun night!!! Also, this year we will play our first show in Belgium, so we are really looking forward to that!
- Final Thoughts?
I guess there is room for me to say a little bit about the whole Axl Rose/Brian Johnson controversy. Brian’s health concerns should have first priority. It’s too bad he’s has hearing issues right now, but what can you do? Risk your whole hearing? I can’t blame him for stepping down. I also understand that AC/DC has booked a stadium tour and it would be just a nightmare to try to reschedule or cancel this. So I don’t blame them for getting another singer to fill in for Brian on this one. It’s going to be interesting to hear Axl sing AC/DC songs. I heard a little bit of the rehearsal yesterday and he sounded actually good! But what really disappoints me is the way all of this has been communicated by the AC/DC management. It has been handled horribly. AC/DC fans are the most dedicated and loyal fans I have ever seen of any band. And instead of talking to them in a transparent and honest way (and don’t forget, honesty and authenticity is what AC/DC and their music stand for) and possibly even warm them up to the idea of AC/DC with Axl Rose they just put the news out like they would slap a cold dead fish in someone’s face. The press release of Brian’s (temporary?) leaving was just awful. It was cold and heartless, and my heart shattered into many pieces. I couldn’t believe this was coming from the official AC/DC channel! He had given his life to this band, and all they had to tell him was “thank you for your service and good luck with your future endeavors” like he was some intern at IKEA who was leaving after 2 months, and not a singer and friend who has been with the band for more than 35 years! I can’t even imagine how long this is because I’m not even 35 years old! I am so disappointed in the way this has been handled. What effort would it have been to quickly put Brian, Angus, and Axl into the same room for 5 minutes and let them explain the situation in a short video for the fans? Minimal effort and so much better than the damage control they are trying to do now on their social media channels. And it would have been so much more respectful to their fans who have been loyal and dedicated for over 40 years. And I think you must treat these people with respect because without them you are NOTHING. And I haven’t seen this happening very much lately. And it makes me sad. I still think there is hope. They could really change things a lot by inviting Brian onto the stage, putting out that video I described or even drawing on some of their most dedicated fans to be guest vocalists. We have been absolutely blown away by how many fans who have written to us at BACK:N:BLACK saying that Hellena should sing for AC/DC because of her incredible voice and honest dedication to the music of AC/DC.