The Choirboys do AC/DC at The Ettamogah Hotel

AUSSIE ROCKERS: "I realised you have to be clever to be a great musician, so I decided to become a singer instead, because it's a lot easier," Gable (second from left) said.

AUSSIE ROCKERS: "I realised you have to be clever to be a great musician, so I decided to become a singer instead, because it's a lot easier," Gable (second from left) said.

When The Beatles formed in the 60s, they swept the nation with their iconic songs and inspired many aspiring musicians – Mark Gable was one of them.

“I was very young when I saw The Beatles and I knew that I wanted to be just like Paul McCartney,” Gable said.

“It looked like a whole lot of fun and it looked like nothing to do with normal society.”

When Gable discovered The Who not long after, he said he thought anybody who smashed things up as part of their career had it good.

“I thought to myself: ‘I want to do that!’,” he said.

Gable could easily relate to the song Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer by AC/DC.

“The song speaks about wanting to be a rock ‘n’ roll singer instead of having a normal nine-to-five job,” he said.

“I thought that was something I could do if I worked hard enough. I loved music and playing instruments so I was already half way there.

“I was dyslexic as a child and in the 60s people didn’t really know what that was, they just thought you were a bit of a weirdo.

“Because of that, I ended up having to lie my way through school – which I was really good at – until I got to high school and was asked to leave because I was so off with my music.”

He said at that point, he went through his musical fan boy stages.

“I went from loving The Beatles, The Who, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix – I loved the lot,” he said.

“As a young boy, I thought becoming a musician was one way to get all the girls. As shallow as that is, it worked for me well – that’s why I’ve got six kids now.

“Fast forward to the here and now and The Choirboys are rocking AC/DC.”

We have a connection that goes way back – we even recorded our first album in the same studio as AC/DC did – it still blows my mind!

Mark Gable

Paying homage to the legendary Aussie band and the 40th anniversary of Bon Scott joining AC/DC, The Choirboys will perform High Voltage and Highway to Hell cover to cover.

“We’re not just performing songs but recreating the atmosphere around them during the 1970s,” Gable said.

“Bon Scott was one of the greatest front men rock has ever seen, and when he joined AC/DC it began a journey that is still legendary today.

“I love being in The Choirboys, but I’ve always wanted to be in AC/DC; this is my chance to do both,” Gable said.

  • 8pm, Saturday, April 1 at The Ettamogah Hotel. Tickets: $35. To book: Call 9629 1130. 18+ only.