I’ve just finished reading a great book about the band AC/DC, and in amongst all the goal achievement tips, one in particular came thumping off the pages at me…
Theirs is a story of commitment, single minded focus, hard work, practice, setbacks, rejection, etc. all the kind of goal achievement tips I love. All they wanted was to play their music as loud as possible, in their own way.
They had little truck with the music industry, whether that was the media or the record companies, they were only interested in their fans and their music. It’s really a whole new article in itself, but it’s after they hit the real big time I noticed a story which reminded me of another article I wrote about being in the right place at the right time…
In that other article I wrote about how Joe Lynn Turner was singing in clubs when he got a phone call from someone claiming to be rock legend Richie Blackmore, asking him to audition for his new band.
You can read the rest of that article on my blog, but back to the AC/DC version…
Back in Black was the album that propelled AC/DC into the big league of rock, when their music was embraced by the mainstream media, and it truly ‘crossed over’ to people who would not normally listen to the genre.
Their relentless touring schedule continued at full pelt, with massive world tours to huge venues. Drummer Phil Rudd had been with band from an early stage, and was the engine behind the music, but alongside problems with drink and drugs, there was an incident involving him and a family member of Malcolm and Angus Young, the brothers who basically *are* AC/DC.
Interestingly the book doesn’t go into details about what happened, but he was sacked from the band with immediate effect. The brothers Young were not the type to hang around.
Their way of seeking a replacement was just as typically AC/DC. They simply took out a small advert in UK music paper Sounds, which read ‘hard hitting rock & roll drummer wanted – any other cr*p need not apply’.
Simon Wright was drumming with bands in clubs when he saw the advert. He turned up at the studio for his audition and played some rock with a producer and drum tech, then went home.
When he was called back to a second audition, he still didn’t know who the band was, and it was only when he saw the corridors of the studio filled with music flight cases with AC/DC stamped all over them, that he started to wonder to himself.
Sure enough, when he was sat behind the drums, in walked Malcolm and Angus Young! They thumped through some songs, had a chat, and that was that – Simon got a call saying he was now in one of the biggest bands on the planet, just shy of his 20th birthday!
Instead of playing to a few hundred in clubs, he was now playing to thousands in massive arenas and stadiums!
Was he lucky? Well, yes and no! It’s often been said that luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and it’s a goal achievement tip that can be seen time and time again. He was already a good enough drummer to get the job, but it was taking action to answer that simple advert that made the difference for him.
He was with the band for a few years, only leaving because the periods of downtime between the recording/touring cycle were too much for him, so he started playing with other people, and basically never came back.
Best known for those years with ACDC, he went on to play with Ronnie James Dio, and still plays today.
So, look to your own goal, and ask if you’re putting in the preparation, ask if you’re taking action which could possibly put *you* in the right place at the Wright time!
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s that other article I mentioned about Rainbow – Do You Say ‘I Surrender’ To Your Goal Achievement Needs?”