Saturday, November 14, 2009


On several occasion we pointed out that Abruzzo is undoubtedly the greatest rock'n'roll region in Italy. As you know we have specialties such as the Guitar Spaghetti, we have the solid rock of the Gran Sasso Mountain (i.e. "Big Stone" Mountain), we have Rocco "Hard as Rock" Siffredi and Rocco'n'Rollo...

For the record, in Abruzzo there is also a long list of towns that are called ROCCA (in Italian it is pronunced like ROCKER in English). Here's the complete list:

Rocca San Giovanni (Rocker San Giovanni)
Roccamontepiano (Rocker Montepiano)
Roccascalegna (Rocker Scalegna)
Roccaspinalveti (Rocker Spinalveti)
Rocca di Botte (Rocker di Botte)
Rocca di Cambio (Rocker di Cambio)
Rocca di Mezzo (Rocker di Mezzo)
Rocca Pia (Rocker Pia)
Roccacasale (Rockercasale)
Roccaraso (Rockerraso)
Roccamorice (Rockermorice)
Rocca Santa Maria (Rocker Santa Maria)

2° Rustelle Elettriche Day

AC/DC Abruzzo staff will gather tomorrow in Citta Sant'Angelo (City of Angels) for the Second "Electric Rustelle night". There will be a secret general meeting to establish the guidelines for Project Australia and the forthcoming collaboration with the KOSP. The Agenda will be disccussed in front of hundreds of "arrosticinis" and several bottles of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The “SIMULACRO” of AC/DC Abruzzo

THE "SIMULACRO" (The Sacred Image of the Gods)

You all know about the day when the President and the Vicepresident made the historic decision to found AC/DC Abruzzo and start the Project. It was in Scranton, PA. on October 24, 2 days before the private gig in Wilkes Barre which witnessed the glorious come back of AC/DC.

But just few of you know about the secret meeting that took place in Abruzzo at the end of December 2008. It was the “Rustelle Elettriche” day (“Electrical Arrosticini”). On that occasion the AC/DC Abruzzo founding fathers invited AC/DC Italia staff to the Abruzzo headquarters to inform them about the Project and ask for their blessing. A sumptuous dinner offered by AC/DC Abruzzo followed, with Arrosticini, Pasta alla mugnaia, Tagliatelle all’uovo and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo wine. Numerous bottles of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Toast with Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Thumb's up for Project AC/DC Abruzzo

That night AC/DC Italia offered a special gift to AC/DC Abruzzo. The photo of the the first AC/DC's cover on Rolling Stone, printed from the original file. This magnificent collector’s item immediately became an object of devotion for AC/DC Abruzzo and was subsequently named “IL SIMULACRO” (The Sacred Image of the Gods)

The gift

Inspiration from the Gods

The Stirring Committee then decided to carry this sacred image for the whole European Arena tour, from Oslo to Glasgow as an icon of protection and good omen. During the European tour the Simulacrum was showed to Brian, Malcolm and Angus on several occasions and they always showed their approval and gave us their blessing by adding their signatures to it. Brian in Stockholm, Angus in Prague, Malcolm in Dublin.

Raising our glasses to the Simulacro in Stockholm

Worshipping the Sacred Image

AC/DC Abruzzo's mobile office

A walk with the Simulacro in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona

The Sacred Image had a powerful simbolic function for us in AC/DC Abruzzo and kept us going also during the most difficult moments of the indoor tour, especially in Milan, Spain and UK. The Simulacro was broken twice, in Bilbao and Glasgow but the Gods of Rock were always merciful with us and nothing evil happened. 

Finally, it returned to the President’s Office in Abruzzo, together with part of the other icons and relics gathered during this tour. 

It shall remain there for posterity.

From the Archives of AC/DC Abruzzo