With a huge set of lungs and a showstopping rock ‘n' roll scream, Mick Bazley is sure to leave audiences Thunderstruck when he performs in the worldwide-touring Acca/Dacca tribute show.
The local musician was recently chosen to play ACDC's Brian Johnson in Acca/Dacca and The Australian AC DC Story, a professional show that has been running for over 20 years and is approved by the original Aussie band.
It's an exciting time for Mick, who said he auditioned three weeks ago and was given the job on the spot.
“I applied for the position and then met the guys in the studio, sung two songs for them and they said ‘yep, you have the job',” he said.
“I was on a high about it then and I am still on a high about it now.”
Mick will soon start touring with the show, which is playing all throughout Queensland and in to New South Wales before heading over to Europe next year.
He said playing the part of the legendary Brian Johnson was a huge moment for him.
Johnson became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band after the death of Bon Scott in 1980.
He is known for his powerful vocals and his knack for belting out classic hits like Thunderstruck, Back In Black and For Those About To Rock, which Mick said was one of his favourites.
“I love that song,” he said.
“The powerful beginning is great and just the whole meaning behind the song is amazing.”
The news of Mick's role was announced on the Acca/Dacca and The Australian ACDC Story Facebook page recently, with a post praising the local musician's talent.
“Well we’ve been looking for quite some time for the right person to take on the Brian role for Acca Dacca…,” the post reads.
“Finally after a huge line of hopefuls we struck gold!
“We’d like to welcome Michael Bazley (playing Brian Johnson), the man with the voice of demon fire, who will be sharing the stage with Larry who will be performing his iconic Bon Scott part of this world class ACDC show that is Acca Dacca.”
It's not the first time the Bundaberg singer has been part of a major production, with Mick having lent his vocals and performance prowess to a Cold Chisel tribute show in his earlier career.
“The show was performed in Sydney called Circus Animals,” he said.
“I did that for about seven years.”
Mick said he had also been a regular in Bundaberg's live music scene through his solo performances as well as his work with Walker Street Band and Top Shelf Duo.
He said performing had always been a passion.
“The energy, the sweat, the audiences reaction and seeing people happy is what makes it all worthwhile,” Mick said.
“I love every aspect of it.”
To find out more about the Acca/dacca and The Australian ACDC Story and where they will be performing in 2021 click here.