AC/DC Play First Gig Outside Of Australia-4/23/76

Following the release of their first, two albums (High Voltage and T.N.T. were only available as U.K. imports) AC/DC had begun their quest for World Rock Domination. Up until 1976, the band had only performed in their native Australia. April 23rd of that year, they booked their first international gig in the British Club known as the Red Cow. It was a small dive bar with a (legal) capacity of about 250 but was famous for hosting a ton of up and coming, young bands.


Atlantic Records did this by design, knowing they had to start small and earn their cred with a very discerning British audience. According to this article the first set was short and ended up with front man Bon Scott buying rounds at the bar. Those who stuck around were treated to a second set and by this time, the dive was packed which led to a more, energized performance from the band. The "Lock Up Your Daughters" Tour was off and running thanks to their ability to draw both Punk and Rock fans.

The setlist looked like this:

Live Wire

She's Got Balls

It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)

Soul Stripper

Can I Sit Next to You Girl

The Jack

High Voltage


Baby, Please Don't Go


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