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BON SCOTT Honored With New Statue In Scotland

A life-sized statue of Bon Scott, the influential frontman of world-conquering band AC/DC, was unveiled on Saturday, April 30 in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir.

Keen to recognize the Scottish roots of the talismanic lead singer — voted No. 1 on a list of the “100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time” by Classic Rock magazine — the bronze statue was revealed 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.

Attending the unveiling were Mark Evans, bass player on four of the Bon-era albums; Tony Currenti, drummer on AC/DC‘s first album; Mary Renshaw, who has co-written a memoir on Bon Scott‘s life; and sculptor John McKenna.

McKenna told the crowd: “When I was a kid, I used to listen to Bon Scott and when I did that, I never in a million years thought I’d be a sculptor and never thought I’d be making a statue of Bon Scott, the son of Kirriemuir, this musical icon.

“This has happened because fans from all over the world donated money for this statue — it wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”

The singer died in 1980 at the age of 33 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.”

Bon Scott

(via Blabbermouth)

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