Fans Rock As Livewire Bon Scott Immortalised


February 25, 2008

It was a day for bogans to be loud and proud as the who’s who of Australian pub rockers entertained the flannelette-clad crowd at Claremont Showground.

And finally, the bronze statue of local hero Bon Scott was unveiled in front of thousands of AC/DC fans at the Aussie Rock Concert last night.

Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans performed, as did former bassist Mark Evans with his band The Party Boys.

The Angels were a hit with their rock anthem Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again, getting a rousing sing-along from the crowd.

Rose Tattoo, Noiseworks, The Screaming Jets, Buzz Bidstrup, Status Quo and Mondo Rock also performed, leaving some concert-goers hoarse from singing. Long-time AC/DC supporters Angry Anderson, Jon Stevens and Dave Gleeson also belted out some classic Aussie rock.

The bronze Scott statue by Fremantle sculptor Greg James will be placed permanently on Fisherman’s Wharf in Fremantle, where the cheeky Scottish-born rocker grew up.

This month marks the 28th anniversary of Scott’s death at the age of 33 from alcohol poisoning after a night out in London.

His grave in Fremantle Cemetery has been a Mecca for AC/DC fans, who come from all over the world to pay their respects to the rock legend.

Born in Scotland, Scott migrated to Melbourne with his family in 1953, moving to Fremantle soon after. Once a member of the Fremantle Caledonian Scots Pipe Band, Scott became the lead singer of AC/DC in 1974, joining Angus and Malcolm Young, who went on to record global hits It’s a Long Way to the Top and High Voltage.

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