Carnoustie celtic rockers Gleadhraich will add another notch to their showbusiness belt by warming up for superstars AC/DC in Glasgow.
Next Sunday, June 28, Gleadhraich will be playing at a special standing room only pre-party show at the Record Factory ahead of AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour appearance at Hampden.
In addition to setting the tone for the evening they will also be raising money for the Bon Scott Memorial Statue fund, a campaign run by DD8 Music to erect a lifesize statue of the late AC/DC singer in his hometown of Kirriemuir.
Piper Craig Weir, drummer Paul Weir, guitarist Ross White and bassist Graeme Ritchie will be bringing to the party their own mix of rock with a Scottish theme.
Craig is looking forward to trying out a couple of tunes that are sure to find a receptive audience.
He said: “We’re all really looking forward to this gig, it is going to be a great evening and obviously we’re going to be there to warm up the crowd before AC/DC so we’ll hopefully throw in a couple of classics.”
This is not the Carnoustie group’s first brush with the Australian rockers.
Craig explained: “We have been very lucky in the last few years that we’ve done several AC/DC-related gigs, we’ve done the Bon Fest a couple times and last year we played before Chris Slade.”
Slade, of course, played drums on AC/DC’s 1990 smash hit album ‘Razor’s Edge’ and has returned to replace AC/DC veteran Phil Rudd following his well-publicised legal issues.
Craig continued: “Last year we had the chance to play with Chris Slade at Bon Fest and now we have the chance to warm up the crowd before seeing Chris play with AC/DC. That’s a nice circle when you think about it.
“It’s unlikely AC/DC will be at the pre-party as they’ll have their own pre-gig rituals, but we are hoping Chris Slade will come down, it would be nice to see Sladey again.”
Hopefully, after their own set, Gleadhraich will have a chance to head over to Hampden to compare notes.
Craig said: “We’re hoping to blag some tickets and then a couple of us thought we might head along.
“We have ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘Highway To Hell’ in our repertoire and it wouldn’t be an AC/DC gig if they didn’t play those pieces.
“It’ll be pretty cool.”