9 Dec 2022
For so many artists, musicians and bands, 2020 was a prick. 2021 was an utter bastard. The
continuous lockdowns and restrictions could've been described as a living hell. So many found
themselves out of work and out of money.
Being creative types, rather than sit around complaining, many chose to make use of all this spare
time to write and record new ideas so that when the restrictions lifted, they could hit the ground
running, get back into pubs and clubs, earn some long-awaited performance fees and get back
into recording studios around the country.
Rose Carleo is one such artist, who, along with husband and guitarist of her namesake hard rock
band, Mick Adkins, knuckled down and wrote an albums' worth of new songs. Twelve months later
Rose and Mick along with Rose Carleo Band drummer Mick O'Shea and bassist Steve King, have
made inroads towards their next musical releases.
To celebrate this return to loud, obnoxious rock 'n' roll camaraderie, Rose Carleo Band is releasing
a cover from one of their most beloved contemporaries – ‘Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be’ by AC/DC.
Composed by guitarist brothers Malcolm and Angus Young with the incomparable bawdy lyricist
Bon Scott, this pounding, groove-driven masterpiece has always been a fan favourite and a
staple of AC/DC's live set since its inclusion on the Let There Be Rock album, released in March
1977. The song is also a permanent fixture in Rose Carleo Band's live set and as such was deemed
the obvious choice to record by the band. That aside, Rose shares an affinity with Bon - not only is
he a major influence on her singing style, they both hail from Fremantle, Western Australia.
With the excitement surrounding the recording of new original songs, all stemming from those dark
days of lockdowns, one could surmise that hell ain't a bad place to be after all.
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