AC/DC Debuts At Chequers Nightclub, Sydney – 1973

On this day, 31 December 1973 (38 years ago!), AC/DC played their very first live gig at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney, Australia.

On this day, 31 December 1973 (38 years ago!), AC/DC played their very first live gig at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney, Australia.

The line-up that night included Dave Evans up front on vocals, Angus and Malcolm Young, Larry Van Kriedt on bass duties and Colin Burgess on the skins.


The reported setlist from that night:

  • School Days (Chuck Berry cover)
  • Honky Tonk Women (The Rolling Stones cover)
  • Get Back (The Beatles cover)
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)
  • No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry cover)
  • Nadine (Chuck Berry cover)
  • I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (The Beatles cover)
  • The Old Bay Road
  • Midnight Rock
  • Show Business (early version called “Sunset Strip”)
  • Rock and Roll Singer
  • Soul Stripper
  • Rockin’ In The Parlour
  • Can I Sit Next To You Girl
  • Baby, Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams cover)

Can I Sit Next To You Girl b/w Rockin’ In The Parlour went on to become AC/DC’s first single, released only in Australia on 22 July 1974 on the Albert Productions label. This single is the only commercial recording featuring Dave Evans and is now a highly sought after and very rare AC/DC collectors item. Have a listen below!

AC/DC 1973