A life-sized statue of Bon Scott, the influential frontman of world-conquering band AC/DC, was unveiled on Saturday, April 30 in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir.
Keen to recognize the Scottish roots of the talismanic lead singer — voted No. 1 on a list of the “100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time” by Classic Rock magazine — the bronze statue was revealed during the tenth annual Bon Scott international festival, Bonfest, by event organizers DD8 Music. It followed a two-year crowdfunding campaign, which drew support from AC/DC members themselves, as well as thousands of the band’s loyal fans worldwide.
Attending the unveiling were Mark Evans, bass player on four of the Bon-era albums; Tony Currenti, drummer on AC/DC’s first album; Mary Renshaw, who has co-written a memoir on Bon Scott’s life; and sculptor John McKenna.
McKenna told the crowd: “When I was a kid, I used to listen to Bon Scott and when I did that, I never in a million years thought I’d be a sculptor and never thought I’d be making a statue of Bon Scott, the son of Kirriemuir, this musical icon.
“This has happened because fans from all over the world donated money for this statue — it wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”
Bonfest chairman John Crawford told The Courier: “It’s amazing how many people don’t know that Bon Scott came from Kirriemuir. People know about J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan, but they are both famous sons of the town and there is room for them both. This statue and memorial garden is going to be a lasting tribute to Bon, funded a hundred percent by the fans. People will come from the four corners of the world to see it.”
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