Bon Scott: Family of AC/DC powerhouse launches first official website

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Bon Scott’s family will launch the first official website celebrating the late, legendary AC/DC singer tomorrow on what would have been the hell-raiser’s 75th birthday.

The Bon Scott Estate has invited fans to send stories and tributes about the Fremantle-raised singer to bonscottofficial.com, which will already be populated with testimonials from friends, famous musicians and other notable people when the site goes liveon Friday.

Among the big names paying tribute to Scott, who died in London on February 19, 1980, is Easybeats’ Harry Vanda, Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, Journey singer Steve Perry, Andrew Farriss from INXS, Hoodoo Gurus leader Dave Faulkner and former Alberts chief executive Fifa Riccobono.

AC DC return to Sydney after their overseas tour on 26 November 1976. Bon Scott waving to the camera.
Camera IconAC DC return to Sydney after their overseas tour on 26 November 1976. Bon Scott waving to the camera. Credit: Fairfax

There are also stories from members of the Mount Lofty Rangers and Fraternity — Adelaide bands Scott joined before going on to rock’n’roll glory with AC/DC — plus former AC/DC roadie and driver Rob “Ralph” Booth.

“On the occasion of what would have been his 75th birthday, the Bon Scott Estate are proud to launch the new website and take this important step toward elevating Bon’s legend and tending to his legacy,” said a statement from the Estate, which consists of Scott’s two brothers and his nephew.

“Bon was a unique singer, songwriter and character that the world should never forget.”

The website will also feature handwritten lyrics for AC/DC’s 1976 hit Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap from Scott’s personal notebook, a playlist of his songs and, of course, new merchandise.

Riccobono, who worked her way up from secretary to chief executive at AC/DC’s label, Alberts Music, recalls meeting Scott backstage at a Sydney gig in 1974.

“I described him as a very cocky and charismatic Scotsman and I felt that my working relationship with this man was not going to be dull,” she writes on the site, “and the next six years proved just how right I was.”

Musician Andrew Farriss said that he and late INXS singer Michael Hutchence always admired Scott and AC/DC for their “whatever it takes” career attitude.

“Michael would at times wear an AC/DC t-shirt on stage,” he added.

His voice was so f…ing powerful that he changed me forever. He lived what he was.

Steve Perry

Rock singer Steve Perry remembered the first time he saw AC/DC, when the Aussie rockers replaced Van Halen as Journey’s opening act on tour in Texas.

“I had heard about AC/DC but never seen them live,” he said. “When I walked in I heard this massive pumping drum, bass and rhythm guitar groove with an amazing lead guitar and a voice soaring above it all like no other.

“I walked over to stage left to see what the heck was happening and there he was,” Perry continued, “Bon Scott with a bottle of Jack (Daniel’s whiskey), no shirt, Levis and cowboy boots, singing like a cross between Steve Marriott (of Small Faces and Humble Pie) and a cat.

AC / DC’s Bon Scott.
Camera IconAC / DC’s Bon Scott. Credit: © Michael Putland / RetnaUK

“His voice was so f…ing powerful that he changed me forever. He lived what he was.”

One of the more poignant tributes comes from former AC/DC crew member Rob “Ralph” Booth, who has written a poem in honour of his late friend for the website.

The roadie and driver describes Scott as being “as tough as nails, a gentle soul” and a “Livewire leaking High Voltage … belting songs out at full grunt”.

Booth writes that Scott was determined to get to the top “of the effen tree”.

“I’m happy for him that he got his wish,” he concludes.

“It’s just a terrible shame,

“It happened for him the way it did,

“But he got there just the same.”

The Estate said the official website is open to all Scott’s friends and fans to “gather and share their memories and observations of him and his music”, adding that “his legacy lives in the hearts and minds of those who love him”.

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