Scottish Town Approves Statue of AC/DC Singer Bon Scott


Until today. I had no idea that Kirriemuir, Scotland, hometown of former AC/DC singer Bon Scott, had an annual festival in his honor. But Bonfest is a very real thing, apparently, and this year it will be unveiling a very special monument to Scott’s memory–a life-size statue of the singer.

Yup, according to BBC News, AC/DC has backed the statue of Scott, who tragically died in 1980 at age 33, and the Kirriemuir town council have received over 80 letters in support of the project. The statue is going to be 2.4 meters tall (that’s a little under eight feet) and will stand in the Belles Brae car park. The statue will be unveiled at this year’s Bonfest in April.

DD8, a local organization, said the following:

“Kirriemuir already has a few things honoring Bon — a street named after him, a memorial plaque, an AC/DC section in the local museum, and our annual Bonfest. However, we believe Bon’s memory deserves a lasting memorial. Renowned sculptor John McKenna will capture three things — his personality, his stage presence, and his Scottish roots.”

That’s fair! I always think of AC/DC as a strictly Australian band; after all, there’s already a statue of Scott in Fremantle. Shows what I know.

I, for one, hope every town erects statues in honor of its fallen metal heroes. There’d be a Lemmy statue in Stoke-on-Trent, a Dimebag statue in Ennis, a Chuck Schuldiner statue in either Tampa or Glen Cove, and in Oslo… well, maybe those statues should be reviewed more thoroughly before being approved.


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