Happy Birthday, Bon Scott...

Triple M Music

Gone, but definitely not forgotten. It’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, it’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.

There’s a plaque in the small town of Kirriemuir in Angus, Scotland, Bon’s birth place, that commemorates one of the town’s most famous sons. [It’s other most famous son is JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan.] In Fremantle, Bon’s adopted town outside Perth, there’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 Bon’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 Bon’s old notebooks – featuring his handwritten lyrics to 25 songs including utter classics like “High Voltage,” “TNT” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – sold for $44,000 at Christie’s, the world’s most prestigious auction house.

Around the same time in Melbourne at this year’s APRA Awards, AC/DC’s 30-year old classic “Highway to Hell” won the prize for the Most Played Australian Work Overseas … for 2008!!!

Happy Birthday, Bon – you and your music are still very much in our hearts.

In commemoration, check out this video of Bon rocking out with his bagpipes...