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Hell’s Belles to rock Clover Island Inn in Kennewick on May 24

When Mandy Reed was about 19 or 20 years old, she and a group of girlfriends joked about starting a band.

They had guy friends who played, and it seemed like a fun idea.

But for Reed, music soon became a serious passion.

“I’m the only one out of that first band that kept going with it. It was definitely something I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she said.

Reed now is part of the acclaimed all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles, which is set to play Clover Island Inn in Kennewick on May 24.

The band Colorblind will open the show. Gates open at 5 p.m. The show is for people age 21 and older.

Reed is the longest-tenured member of Hell’s Belles, which formed 15 years ago. She plays bass — the instrument she first picked up as a young woman.

Reed will be joined in Kennewick by bandmates Amber Saxon, Adrian Conner, Laura Derig and Lisa Brisbois.

They put on a high-energy show, Reed said.

“If you love AC/DC, I promise you’ll have a good time. Some people are skeptical because we’re all girls. You’ll see when you get there — we take the roles very seriously. We love AC/DC very much. It’s very important to us that we do it justice.”

Angus Young, the legendary Australian rock band’s co-founder and lead guitarist, has given his stamp of approval to Hell’s Belles.

Reed said she long has loved AC/DC’s music. The youngest of four siblings, she was exposed early on to the band’s sound.

Hell’s Belles got together in the Seattle area in 2000, and Reed was approached to play bass.

“I was super excited. The main reason I love AC/DC so much is (the music) is so much fun to play,” she said.

And walking in AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams’ shoes has upped her game — teaching her when to “be fancy on the fret board or sit back and drive the song,” she said.

Hell’s Belles have played Clover Island before. Reed said the group looks forward to coming back.

And to bringing to life AC/DC music for the Tri-City crowd.

“It’s one of the best bands ever, in my eyes. One of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. You’ll see little kids loving AC/DC, and their grandparents at the same show loving it too,” Reed said. “There aren’t too many bands you can say that about.”

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. A table of 10 is $225. Room packages are available. Tickets can be purchased at www.universe.com/HellsBellesatCloverIslandInn and at Clover Island Inn.

The hotel is at 435 Clover Island Drive.

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