It’s not every day that the monster Australian heavy-metal rock hand AC/DC plays Salt Lake City. So the one-show-only Jan. 18 concert at the downtown Salt Palace seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to some young Utah fans. They stood in line overnight to buy the $18 tickets, determined to be there if it was the last thing they ever did. Tragically, for three teenagers, it was.

The families of three teenagers killed during a Jan. 18, 1991, AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace have settled out of court with the rock band, Salt Lake County and others sued in the wake of the tragedy.

More than 13,000 fans were packed into the Salt Palace that Jan. 18 night to see the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC and 14-year-old Curtis Child had managed to elbow his way into a choice spot near the front of the main floor.

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When AC/DC takes the stage Thursday evening, most everyone agrees, there’s little chance of a repeat of the tragedy that occurred the last time the heavy-metal rock band came to Utah.

On Jan. 18, 1991, three teenagers were killed at an AC/DC concert in the old Salt Palace Acord Arena. Fourteen-year- olds Curtis Child of Logan and Jimmie L. Boyd of Salt Lake City, and 19-year-old Brigham Young University student Elizabeth Glausi were crushed to death when the crowd in front of the stage surged forward just after the band began playing

The three deaths being blamed on general admission seating at the Jan. 18 AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City have resulted in at least one lawsuit and another reassessment of the seating method.

Bruce Child of Logan, Utah, father of one of the three teenagers crushed to death during the AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace Arena, has filed an $8 million suit against the band, the arena’s managers and security firm and the show’s promoters. Action alleges “willful, malicious conduct.”

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