Late AC/DC singer Bon Scott has been honored with a sculpture in Melbourne, Australia.
The three-meter-high-and-two-meter-wide metal-and-plaster sculpture was officially unveiled Tuesday morning (March 6) on AC/DC Lane, named for the Australian rock band.
The sculpture is part of the Victorian Government’s “Rockin’ The Laneways” Initiative. Cherry Bar owner and booker James Young collaborated with local street artist Mike Makatron on the project.
Makatron said in a statement: “It’s an honor to add a permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock ‘n’ roll band and its lead singer, Bon Scott, but also to music in general. Thanks to all, especially the vision of James Young of Cherry Bar, who instigated the idea and grant application with Creative Victoria.”
Quipping that “Sydney has the Opera House and Melbourne has Bon Scott,” James Young added that the spot chosen for the sculpture is “the perfect place to honor Bon Scott and to provide inspiration for aspiring musicians and music fans.”
Scott was invited to join AC/DC by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980 from alcohol poisoning.
He sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band almost didn’t get past Scott‘s death. “Bon was the big… He was a full-on frontman, plus he had this great character, you know. I mean, he just lived that rock ‘n’ roll life. With Bon, what you saw was what you got, and, yeah, it was pretty, pretty tough.”
Let there be Bon. The unveiling of the Bon Scott statue in AC/DC Lane
Posted by Paul Cashmere on Monday, March 5, 2018