AC/DC Moved By Late, Great Fan


January 16, 2009

It’s the pick of destiny.

Nearly a week after Tracey Hart rocked out to AC/DC at the Rogers Centre to honour her 15-year-old son, Devon, who died of cystic fibrosis three years ago, an angel wearing a schoolboy’s outfit came knocking. It’s AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young.

“Angus Young watched the video (on the Sun website) and read the story in the paper,” Hart, 41, said yesterday. “He contacted the record label …, who contacted me, and he’s sending me the damn guitar pick.”

For a year, Hart tried to get Young to send a signed pick so she could include it in a “shadow box” that contains mementos of Devon. The pick was the final thing to make it complete.

“I’m quite speechless,” she said. “I’m so excited that Devon’s finally going to have this pick. He’s going to finally get it and I will be able to move on.”

Diagnosed with the disease only four days after he was born, Devon lived a short life, but made many friends in his hometown of Forest. An honour student, he liked video games, movies and playing his guitar.

But in March 2006, after his health deteriorated within a two-week period, he died.

AC/DC’s record label, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, attempted to contact Young, but calls were not returned yesterday. No word on whether the Aussie guitarist is an avid Sun reader.

Hart said Devon’s only wish was to see his favourite band in concert.

Now she feels like she’s completed her mission. “I think he’ll be so proud that I’ll be able to do it. He’ll look down on me and say, ‘My mom’s pretty cool!’ ”

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