Wednesday, March 7, 2018

VIDEO: AC/DC legend Bon Scott sculpture unveiled in Melbourne

(L-R) James Young, Mary Renshaw and Dave Stevens
Photo credit: Noise11

A sculpture honoring late AC/DC singer Bon Scott was unveiled in Melbourne, Australia on March 6, and video from the event is streaming online.

Noise11 reports the tribute by local street artist Mike Makatron was revealed at an event on the city’s AC/DC Lane hosted by Cherry Bar owner and booker James Young.

“Sydney has the Opera House, but from today Melbourne will have Bon Scott,” Young told the crowd before Scott’s son, Dave Stevens, unveiled the sculpture.

“I think it’s pretty spectacular to have this in Melbourne, the City of AC/DC,” says Mary Renshaw, Bon’s former girlfriend and author of the book “Live Wire.”

Although AC/DC formed in Sydney in 1973 and recorded there, the band lived in Melbourne in the mid-70s around the time of the first two albums, 1975’s “High Voltage” and “TNT”.

AC/DC’s drummer Phil Rudd and bass player Mark Evans were born in Melbourne, while Scott initially lived in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine with his family when they migrated from Scotland when he was 6; when the future singer was 10, the family moved to Perth but Bon moved back to Melbourne in 1967 with his band The Valentines.

Located off Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Exhibition Street, AC/DC Lane is located just two blocks from where AC/DC filmed the iconic video for "It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock N Roll)" along Swanston Street.

The Melbourne tribute marks the second landmark of Scott in the country following the 2008 launch of a statue in his Australian home town of Fremantle.

Scott passed away after a night of heavy drinking in London in early 1980 at the age of 33; AC/DC brought in former Geordie singer Brian Johnson to handle lead vocals and the group issued the best-selling hard rock album of all time, “Back In Black”, just five months later.

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