Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rare AC/DC memorabilia exhibit to mark Bon Scott’s 65th birthday

An exhibition featuring rare AC/DC memorabilia will take place in Kirriemuir, Scotland this summer, heralding what will be something of a double celebration. reports the exhibition will take place at the Gateway To The Glens Museum starting July 9 — which would have been the 65th birthday of lead singer Bon Scott, one of the town's most famous sons.

Museum staff expect visitors from around the globe to come to Angus during what is also the museum's 10th anniversary.

On display will be one of Bon Scott's jackets, which was donated by a private collector and which has never before been publicly shown.

"We've already had donations from fans in Spain and Germany and I've been taking inquiries for months," said museum assistant Sheila Philp. “I think this is going to be really big. Kirrie has had a few famous people over the years, but I think Bon Scott is beginning to overtake even [Peter Pan author] J.M. Barrie in popularity.”

"People come from everywhere just to see the commemorative plaque we have for him in the town, so you can imagine how many will want to come for this,”
added Philp. “His appeal is universal — everyone, from young kids to grannies and grandads, is interested in him."

Bon Scott was born Ronald Belford Scott in Forfar in 1946 and lived in Kirriemuir until the age of six, when his family moved to Australia. Scott joined AC/DC in 1974 and had just completed the hugely successful Highway To Hell tour when he died in 1980 at the age of 33.

AC/DC – Rocker
BBC – Sight & Sound – London, UK – October 29, 1977

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