Maltese rock enthusiasts leapt for joy when the possibility of Marc Storace fronting AC/DC was announced. With such an historic moment in rock history looming over the Krokus frontman’s head, we had to catch up with the man himself to see what’s occurring.
How did all this happen?
I grew up in a musical family at a time when live music was very popular in Malta. As opposed to my mother and eldest sister Edith, who both played classical piano, or my father who sang at high masses with our local parish choir, I took to singing current pop music alone at home. After watching the Beatles’ A Hard Day`s Night, I was very impressed by their live performances and started to mess around with a bass guitar. Shortly afterwards, I was asked to stand in for the singer of a local band called The Stonehenge Union.
What’s your earliest memory of performing on stage?
My first gig with The Stonehenge Union was pretty wild. We played at a friend’s bottle party in a flat in Balluta Bay. We got them all up and dancing and I must have done a pretty good job out of it, because the band asked me to stay on, and since then I’ve never looked back.
In your interview with Blastecho, you speak of loyalty and camaraderie. How has this assisted your progress in the industry?
Show business is based on a different kind of loyalty, in spite of ongoing friendships. Individuals move along to new opportunities, hoping to improve their career. Artists are hired or fired to satisfy the needs of an existing production. This is the unwritten code.
After experiencing that magical success which we enjoyed with Krokus after the release of my debut album, Metal Rendezvous, I couldn’t imagine leaving my new team for anything in the world. I had spent six years in the band TEA before that, and even formed a band called Easy Money in London in between. I felt Krokus was going places, and we surely did.
There’s been talk of you replacing AC/DC’s Brian Johnson in the future…
Entertainment media doesn’t sit around waiting for things to happen. As soon as the news was out that Brian could not continue because of his unfortunate hearing problem, they immediately created a short-list of singers, speculating on who would be the best to follow him up. My name came up! I happened to have an interview with an online USA magazine booked at that same time, and the obvious question was thrown in. My answer was pretty logical. It was immediately scooped and blown up… What a riot!
In that short interview, I mentioned my loyalty to Krokus, whom I first joined 36 years ago, but continued by saying the lads would understand me this time around if I auditioned for AC/DC. You see, I had turned down the same opportunity with the same band 36 years ago, but back then they were not that much bigger than Krokus, and had sadly just lost their singer Bon Scott in a tragic way.
Krokus and I are recording a new album in the middle of all this, and it’s coming along fine.
If you had to come up with a dream line up for a concert, who’d make the list?
That would include Bon Scott on vocals, Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar, Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar, Jon Bohnam on the drums, John Entwhistle on bass, Jon Lord on keyboards, and we’d be produced by Sir George Martin.
What has so far been the greatest challenge in your career so far?
Back in 1982, I fell off the back of the stage during our Hardware Tour in the USA, badly damaging my ischias nerve. The excruciating pain followed me around the whole tour. Hitting those high notes became an agony but was unavoidable… the shows had to go on! I was receiving intense therapy throughout the whole tour and made it to the end without cancelling one single show. Yeah! Keep it live and rock on!