AC/DC’s Bon Scott to get bronzed again

For years we’ve claimed Bon Scott as our own, but the legendary AC/DC frontman was actually born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, before his family shifted to Melbourne, aged six.

And now, more than 30 years after his death from “acute alcohol poising”, the iconic singer will be honoured with a monument erected in his birthplace. Daily Record reports that a community group behind an annual Bon Scott music festival has commissioned sculptor John McKenna to design a statue as a memorial to their favourite son. Speaking to the paper, McKenna said he was honoured by the commission, describing Scott as “an icon from my teenage years”.

Scott already has a street in Kirriemuir named after him, along with a statue (pictured) in his “other” hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, which was erected at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in 2008. (After initially migrating to Melbourne, Scott’s family shifted to WA in 1956.)

The news has been welcomed by Scott’s former bandmate, one-time AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, who told Ultimate Classic Rock, “It’s so amazing that Bon is getting honoured like this, especially since Scotland is such an important place in the history of AC/DC.”

As previously reported, AC/DC are releasing a live album, Live at River Plate, on November 16. The 19-track collection was recorded at the River Plate Arena in Buenos Aires and documented their Black Ice World Tour. Over three sold-out nights almost 200,000 Argentinians turned up to hear hits including ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ (originally sung by Scott).