A life-sized statue of iconic AC/DC frontman Bon Scott has been unveiled in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir on the weekend. The Scottish born Australian (He’s more Aussie than Scot and your attempt to steal him back with this statue has not gone unnoticed Scotland) was voted as the Greatest Frontman of All Time, by Classic Rock Magazine in 2004.
The lifelike statue unveiling was attended by Mark Evans, the bass player on four of the Bon-era AC/DC albums and Tony Currenti, the drummer on the first album, as well as sculptor John McKenna and a mass of adoring fans.
Ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans commented: “It’s magical. Bon was a great pal and it’s just great to be in the place where he came from. The statue has captured his essence, right down to his tattoos.” The bronze (or bonze!) statue was revealed during the tenth annual Bon Scott international festival, Bonfest. 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.
Bon Scott lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, up until the age of 6 until his family moved to Melbourne, before finally settling in Fremantle a few years later. AC/DC’s popularity grew throughout the 1970s, initially in Australia, and then internationally. Their 1979 album, Highway To Hell, reached the top twenty in the U.S.A, and the band seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. However, on 19 February 1980, Scott died after a night out in London at just 33 years of age. He has been and will remain one of rocks all-time legends, both on and off the stage.