According to TheCourier.co.uk, the life-sized statue of Bon Scott, the influential frontman of world-conquering band AC/DC, in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir has surged ahead of the Angus Glens and Peter Pan author JM Barrie’s birthplace on reviews web site TripAdvisor. The statue was revealed late last month during the tenth annual Bon Scott international festival, Bonfest, by event organizers DD8 Music. It followed a two-year crowdfunding campaign, which drew support from AC/DC members themselves, as well as thousands of the band’s loyal fans worldwide.
The town was home to a young Ronald Bedford Scott until the age of six, when his family left Scotland for Fremantle, Western Australia.
Several of Scott’s contemporaries and associates — including early AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, Tony Currenti, drummer on AC/DC’s first album, and Mary Renshaw, Bon’s seamstress and “soulmate” — attended Bonfest, along with almost 4,000 AC/DC fans from across the globe. The festival also featured tribute acts from all over Europe paying musical homage to Scott.
An Australian statue honoring Scott had already been on display since February 2008. Scott moved with his family to Australia in 1952.
Scott was invited to join AC/DC by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980 from alcohol poisoning.
He sang on AC/DC’s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band almost didn’t get past Scott’s death. “Bon was the big… He was a full-on frontman, plus he had this great character, you know. I mean, he just lived that rock ‘n’ roll life. With Bon, what you saw was what you got, and, yeah, it was pretty, pretty tough.”
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