Just a few hours before the first show of the Stadium tour in Leipzig, AC/DC ABRUZZO decided to inaugurate its "Interviews with the Hardcore Fans" series. We met many of them during our international rock'n'roll journey, from Wilkes Barre, USA to Birmingham, UK and we have been impressed by their dedication, passion and energy. But the most interesting thing for us, from Wilkes Barres onwards, was to have met those hardcore fans who had been confined in a limbo that lasted for 5 years (or 8 if they didn't attend any European show in 2003) before having the chance to see the band on stage again. Some of them are legendary figures who travelled almost anywhere to see the band since the Bon Scott era, others are just regular forum posters who had never seen the band live before. What they have in common is their genuine passion for AC/DC and their willingness and commitment to see them live in concert as many times as possible during the BLACK ICE World Tour. Enjoy!
FIRST INTERVIEW: GOZONE!
AC/DC ABRUZZO: Gozone, you're definetely one of the most active fans on several boards, especially acdcpower.net where most of the hardcore fans has kept discussing matters related to AC/DC, often in a very "colurful and emphatic" way beyond the bounds of what is normally considered "politically correct". Please tell us about your passion for AC/DC and your role on ACDCpower forum.
GOZONE: Well, it is funny that you mentioned acdcpower.net! I found that website because I was looking for somewhere to share my passion of AC/DC with other fans. At first, it was a little rough there, as you know, that site is not for the weak! There are many great fans on there and I enjoy reading about concert reviews, album reviews, rare recordings, etc, etc. You could say that I am not a “politically correct” poster there. I state my honest opinion and try to be “real”. There have been some battles on the message board. Just to name a few of the poster, Kirk, Zoid, Wheels, Toxictwin (you), Meanstreak, HoneyRoll, Cali not Cooool, Jimmy, Shoot, Shocker, AT/LE, etc, etc…..all of these people and many others are die hard fans that contribute to the forum daily. Yes, I will admit that it is fun to start “stuff” on that site but it is all in good fun. I have learned so much about AC/DC by reading that board. I really enjoy talking about rare or lesser known songs by AC/DC. I am not a big fan of the “hits” by any means. One of my favorite albums is Ballbreaker, many people there think I am crazy. You will see me at concerts wearing my Ballbreaker t-shirt! That album is so underrated. It is pure sleazy rock at its best. The bluesy groove on that album is great, thanks to the return of Phil Rudd. One of my favorite songs ever is, Cover You in Oil. I also enjoy listening to Powerage, what a great bluesy feel on that album as well. I am very happy with the Black Ice album, Big Jack, Smash n Grab, Spoilin, Decibel are my faves on that album. I think that the song, Stormy May Day could have been EPIC, if they including a bluesy Angus solo.
AC/DC ABRUZZO: We met in Wilkes Barre for that historic show. You told us that you were seeing more than one shows? How did it go?
GOZONE: Yes, it was great to meet you in Wilkes. I had a great time meeting such great fans. Check out the pic of me and toxic. I drove 8 hours to see that show and bought a ticket off of a fan from
AC/DC ABRUZZO: Is it true that you met the band and that you have a special friendship with Phil Rudd?
GOZONE: Yes, me and Phil know each other…LOL…nah, I met him once outside of the hotel in suburban
AC/DC ABRUZZO: Gozone, they told us that you have actually Italian ancenstors. It wouldn't be surprising that your greatgrandmother was from Abruzzo?
GOZONE: Yes, I have family in
AC/DC ABRUZZO:Thank you Gozone. Hopefully, we'll meet soon on the road!
GOZONE: Well, I hope that we can meet during this tour. I think that they will be back to the