JASON Woodman says he is particularly excited about the UK tour him and his tribute band PURE/DC are about to embark on, because joining them again will be drummer Tony Currenti.

Currenti - who is flying in from Australia - can be heard playing on the real AC/DC's first album, High Voltage.

Jason, from Westcliff, who plays guitar in PURE/DC, says: "Tony played two shows with us in 2015 and returns to play the eight date tour with us this year. The shows will incorporate the songs from the album Tony recorded with AC/DC, plus PURE/DC will also play the later AC/DC classics."

He added: "It will be a pleasure for the band to be playing alongside Tony who is a piece of AC/DC history.

"Playing songs from the very first album makes it special for AC/DC fans to see Tony playing live, after his 38 year abstinence from drumming.”

The tour includes the band headlining Bonfest on Sunday May 1, in Kirriemuir Scotland, an event held to celebrate the life and virtuosity of the original AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott.

Jason explained: "Bon was born in Scotland and was raised in Kirriemuir, a place he always held dear to his heart. Bon moved to Australia where he joined AC/DC as their singer. He sang for the band until his death in February 1980."

The role of lead vocalists in PURE/DC is taken on by John Belford as Bon Scott and Podge Blacksmith playing the role of Brian Johnson.

Jason is on lead guitar, Richard Shattock on rhythm and Dave Brown on bass. Sharing drumming duties with Currenti is James Last.

PURE/DC's tour ends at Chinnery's on Southend sea front in Marine Parade, on Thursday May 19, where Tony Currenti will be on drums.

This Friday - April 22 - they will also be playing at the Touchline live music club in Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley, at 8pm.

For more details visit facebook.com/Pure.DC.band.

Tickets are £7 plus a booking fee from seetickets.com for the Chinnerys gig and £11 from wegottickets.com for the Touchline gig.