Report: AC/DC Street Name Recommendation To Receive City Approval

July 7, 2004

Australia's The Age is reporting that Melbourne City Council is tonight expected to approve a recommendation to rename Corporation Lane, a narrow alley off Flinders Lane, "ACDC Lane", in honor of the band's global success. The idea was first suggested in The Age's rock column, Sticky Carpet, in May.

The Age believes the council's planning and development committee will give the go-ahead for the change, pending approval from the band and public submissions. There is already a street named Calle de AC/DC on the outskirts of Madrid. The final decision is expected to be made on July 29.

Lord Mayor John So said the band was a good ambassador for Australia and the council would also consider handing it the "keys to the city" if it received an official written request. An AC/DC spokesman said it would approve the renaming, as long as it was for the fans, and not politically motivated.

A council report found the name change was in tune with the city's historical and cultural policy, as the band has "strong links with Melbourne" and the lane is in the heart of the city's bar and rock district.

Cr Kimberley Kitching said there was strong support on council for recognizing the important contribution of musical and popular culture in Melbourne.

"AC/DC is a world-renowned band and they wrote most of their first album in Melbourne... we should honor that," she said.

Cr David Risstrom, who cites "It's a Long Way to the Top" as his favorite AC/DC song, is confident the council will support the renaming. "The public seem to really like the idea, so I think it will get up," he said.

The renamed laneway would be called ACDC Lane, not AC/DC Lane, as street names in the CBD are not permitted to have slashes.

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