Report: AC/DC Lane Name Change Irks Councillors

Australia's reports: The City of Melbourne will tomorrow (Oct. 1) rename a back lane in the city centre after legendary Australian rock band AC/DC.

Guitarist Angus Young, a founding member of the band, had a special message for fans and users of the lane: "Welcome to the Highway to Hell."

City of Melbourne councillors on Wednesday agreed to change the name of Corporation Lane, which runs off Flinders Lane near Swanston St in central Melbourne, to ACDC Lane after considering the proposal since June this year.

Council workers will tomorrow erect new street signs proclaiming the name change.

The band resided in Melbourne during the 1970s and filmed a video for its 1975 classic "It's a Long Way to the Top" on the back of a truck rolling down Swanston St.

Two members of the band were also born in Melbourne.

In a brief recorded statement, Angus Young and brother Malcolm thanked the City of Melbourne and fans for the honour.

The council briefly dropped the proposal last month in the face of opposition from businesses in the lane concerned the name change did not reflect the lane's character or history.

It instead considered an alternative plan for a Hollywood Boulevard-style strip of plaques recognising top Australian musicians along nearby Swanston St.

But at a September 9 council meeting on Wednesday night, the councillors switched their support back to renaming the lane after more than 50 submissions from fans, and five objections.

One objection was from a church in Queensland, a council spokesman said.


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