BILL VOCCIA ("BILL V")
Date Of Birth: October 12th
Bill portays AC/DC Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young on stage. Malcolm Young
is the defining edge of AC/DC's trademark guitar tone, and lays the foundation
to AC/DC's unmistakable sound.
There is no other that correctly emulates Malcolm's guitar technique and stage persona than Bill "V" Voccia of Live Wire.
Much like Malcolm was for AC/DC, Bill is also the founding member of Live Wire, the world's definitive #1 AC/DC Tribute band, who also handles any band related matters and maintains the bands official website (www.acdctributeband.com).
Complete with Malcolm's signature trademark 1963 flame maple Gretsch Jet Firebird guitar, fitted with custom .012 to .056 gauge GHS strings, the portrayal of the sound, energy and stage presence of a true AC/DC concert is Bill's primary goal for every event.
Bill is an experienced and professional musician who hails from New York, and has been involved in AC/DC Tribute band projects since the very first incarnation of "tribute".
Favorite AC/DC album: Highway To Hell
Favorite AC/DC songs: Way too many to list, but some would be: Let There Be Rock, Live Wire, Highway To Hell, Night Prowler, Walk All Over You, Shot Down In Flames, Problem Child, Hells Bells, What Do You Do For Money Honey, Dirty Deeds, Overdose, She's Got Balls, If You Want Blood, It's A Long Way to The Top, Bad Boy Boogie, Sin City, Riff Raff, Thunderstruck....to name a few!
Favorite AC/DC songs to play: Problem Child, Shot Down In Flames, Highway To Hell, Night Prowler, Walk All Over You, Thunderstruck, What Do You Do For Money Honey, Have A Drink On Me,..lots more!
Other Favorite bands: Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Fates Warning (John Arch!), Accept, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Who, Rolling Stones, Dream Theater, The Cult, Motley Crue, Megadeth, Rainbow, Rush, Queensryche, Dio, DLR Era Van Halen, The Faces, The Easybeats, most 60's-70's-80's classic rock/hard rock/metal, blues (Buddy Guy!)
Gear: Gretsch Malcolm Young Jet Firebird Flametop, Gretsch White Falcon, Marshall cabinets, Sligo custom Marshall plexi super lead 100 watt clone, GHS .012, Bill is endorsed by GHS strings.
Musical Inspirations: Bon Scott, Angus & Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Ronnie Van Zandt, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Hank Shermann, Michael Denner, King Diamond, John Petrucci, Dave Murray, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Bill has been an AC/DC Fanatic since he was 9, and they've been his favorite band ever since. He first began to seriously get involved with playing guitar by age 14, and has been completely self-taught and ear trained, aside from briefly studying guitar with John Petrucci (Dream Theater) for approximately 2 years (1990-2). Bill has been involved with AC/DC Tribute projects since 1990, and sites AC/DC as "THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME, PERIOD!!!" Bill is also an avid AC/DC collector, and has written published articles in various magazines and books. Bill is known as "BONFIRE" to AC/DC fans around the world throughout the AC/DC community and has been the "go to" guy on the official AC/DC fanclub sites and forums for the past 15 years.
All images courtesy of Cynthia Kirsch Photography