May 16, 2013 17:34

AC/DC back plans to erect monument of former frontman Bon Scott in his hometown

Band want late singer be honoured with a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland

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AC/DC have backed plans which call for a monument to be erected in honour of former singer Bon Scott in his hometown.

The campaign to pay tribute to Scott, who died aged 33 in 1980, by building a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland started last year when DD8 Music, who are also behind the annual Bon Scott music festival in the town, approached sculptor John McKenna to design a tribute.

As the BBC reports, they are hoping to raise £50,000 by June 5 in order to create the life-sized statue, and the campaign has now been given support by AC/DC who have highlighted the cause on their website. DD8's Graham Galloway said that although he had not been in official communication with the band, he was hopeful they might pledge more support in the future.

"They don't just put anything up there, so it's certainly a big step forward for us in getting worldwide support for the statue," he said. Asked about receiving any feedback from the band themselves, he added: "We wouldn't want to put words in their mouths, certainly it's a good sign."

Previously, former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans had lent his support to the campaign, telling Ultimate Classic Rock: "It’s so amazing that Bon is getting honoured like this, especially since Scotland is such an important place in the history of AC/DC. Bon already had a street named after him in Kirriemuir and now this!"

Scott was born in nearby Forfar in Scotland in 1946, before his family moved to Australia when he was six. He has a statue in his honour in Claremont, Australia, which was erected in 2008 and is situated at the Freemantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

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