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- Posted on Jul 16th 2008 2:00PM by James Sullivan
'Long Way to the Top,' as the musical is tentatively titled, is said to combine the AC/DC catalog with the story from 'Rock Star,' the 2001 feature film that starred Mark Wahlberg. 'Rock Star' was based on the real-life fairy tale of Tim "Ripper" Owens, the Judas Priest cover-band singer who was picked to replace the outgoing Rob Halford in the actual group. The star-is-born plot would seem a lot more stage-friendly than, say, the uplifting tale of Bon Scott's alcohol-induced "death by misadventure."
Besides 'Mamma Mia!,' the jukebox musical based on ABBA's oeuvre, 'Long Way to the Top' would join 'We Will Rock You,' 'Movin' Out,' 'Jersey Boys' and other hit stage shows shaped by pop hits. It remains to be seen whether AC/DC's core constituency can come around to the idea: When the U.K. newsletter Popbitch reported the project "may be in the pipeline," one disgruntled fan posted, "Yeah ... it's moving through my small intestine as we speak."
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