In some good news during a rollercoaster week for Australian rock legends AC/DC, the Melbourne lane renamed after the band will officially change its title from ACDC Lane to AC/DC Lane, incorporating the band logo’s signature lightning bolt 10 years after the lane’s renaming.
Street artist Knifey, in cooperation with the City of Melbourne, will install the lightning bolt as part of Melbourne’s Love Your Lane-way campaign. Knifey complemented Melbourne City Council for again demonstrating “its commitment to showcase both the city’s laneways, and the street art”.
“They have seen the benefit of encouraging legal street art in the city, and have been incredibly supportive of this project,” said Knifey, real name Jayszun Vanderwerff.
The lightning bolt was originally excluded from the lane’s designation as it was against the Office of the Registrar of Geographic Names’ policy. A makeshift lightning bolt was illegally installed, by a fan, soon after the lane was retitled but was swiftly stolen.
The new, legit lightning bolt will be unveiled Wednesday, “Rocktober” 1st, and to celebrate Cherry Bar, located on the soon-to-be AC/DC Lane, is offering free entry from 6pm in conjunction with their “agent of change” celebration.
It’s been up and down for AC/DC recently, with former guitarist Malcolm Young reportedly suffering from dementia and being admitted into a full-time care nursing home facility in Sydney. Despite the hardship AC/DC will release their new album Rock Or Bust Friday, 28th November.
Listen to a snippet from Play Ball, the first taste of Rock Or Bust, below.