Happy Birthday, Bon Scott...
Gone, but definitely not forgotten. Itâ€™s hard to imagine the legendary AC/DC frontman approaching pension age, but Bon Scott would have turned 63 today if he was still with us.
Of course, tragically, itâ€™s almost 30 years since we lost the great Bon at the age of only 33. But even today, people everywhere remember Bon in their own way.
Thereâ€™s a plaque in the small town of Kirriemuir in Angus, Scotland, Bonâ€™s birth place, that commemorates one of the townâ€™s most famous sons. [Itâ€™s other most famous son is JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan.] In Fremantle, Bonâ€™s adopted town outside Perth, thereâ€™s a big bronze statue of the singer.
Just this week, a hardcore fan in Fremantle has started up The Highway to Hell tour, which takes Acca Dacca fans to all the significant Bon-related places around Fremantle. It starts at the statue at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, then travels past Bonâ€™s childhood home, his schools, Fremantle Prison [where the singer did a short stint], ending up at Bon's recently refurbished grave site in Fremantle Cemetery.
Over in New York a couple of weeks ago, a couple of Bonâ€™s old notebooks â€“ featuring his handwritten lyrics to 25 songs including utter classics like â€œHigh Voltage,â€ â€œTNTâ€ and â€œDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheapâ€ â€“ sold for $44,000 at Christieâ€™s, the worldâ€™s most prestigious auction house.
Around the same time in Melbourne at this yearâ€™s APRA Awards, AC/DCâ€™s 30-year old classic â€œHighway to Hellâ€ won the prize for the Most Played Australian Work Overseas â€¦ for 2008!!!
Happy Birthday, Bon â€“ you and your music are still very much in our hearts.
In commemoration, check out this video of Bon rocking out with his bagpipes...