In 1974, Scottish-born Australian rock God Bon Scott replaced lead-singer Dave Evans in the then newly-formed hard rock group AC/DC.
Considered one the greatest frontmen of all time, Scott’s life was cut all too short, it was never going to end well for a man who lived and played as hard as he did. Bon Scott was found dead in his car from alcohol poisoning, on February 19th 1980, in London. He said goodbye – leaving behind a much praised legacy, but what was the whole story?
This October 14th, Australian publishing house Allen & Unwin will release his long-awaited literary portrait titled Live Wire.
35 years after Scott’s death, the book was co-written by John D’Arcy, an ex-roadie for AC/DC, D’Arcy’s wife Gabby, and Mary Renshaw, who was considered to be Scott’s dearest friend and soulmate.
The publishing team at Allen & Unwire have said of the memoir, “We learn what it was like to be his friend, live and tour with him, and be part of the close-knit world from which one of biggest bands of all time emerged…With Bon there was always sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, but Live Wire also demonstrates the humour, intelligence and warmth of the man. From his early days with The Valentines, living in rundown apartments in inner Melbourne, to the legendary early years of AC/DC, this is the story of Bon, told by three of the people who knew him best.” (antimusic.com)
Earlier this month, Scottish-based community music group DD8 Music erected a statue of the icon in Kirriemuir, Scotland; Scott’s birthplace.
While the organization has worked for several years to earn the funds to go toward the statue’s creation and official display, contributions are still being taken at CrowdFunder.co.uk/bonscottstatue with plans of planting a garden to surround the statue.
DD8 Music reported to TeamRock.com on September 8th that, “Kirriemuir already has a few things honouring Bon – a street named after him, a memorial plaque, an AC/DC section in the local museum, and our annual Bonfest.”
On a related note, AC/DC beer, currently only found in Europe, will launch in Australia via ALDI Supermarkets on September 30. Never has the AC/DC song, “Have A Drink On Me” been more appropriate. The beer will be available in time for the Australian leg of the band’s world tour, which starts in Sydney on November 4.
The band is currently on its North American tour, which will wrap up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on September 28.
Check out the amazing video of Bon Scott talking about the bands Rush and Kiss right here at Rock My World.