BonFest will take place in Kirriemuir, Angus this weekend
A life-size statue of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is set to be unveiled at a festival held in the singer’s honour in his Scottish hometown this weekend.
The annual BonFest will take place in Kirriemuir, Angus over the bank holiday (April 30-May 2). It’s the tenth year that the event will take place, with AC/DC tribute acts from around the world performing live.
BBC News reports that a bronze statue honouring Scott will be presented at the festival site after a two year-long crowdfunding campaign raised £45,000.
Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans will lead the official unveiling. “It’s very emotional,” Evans said of the occasion. “I always speak of Bon in the present tense. I feel he’s still around. To have something like this that’s been funded by the fans, the people that he held in his heart is just great. It’s just fantastic, it’s a really warming experience.”
Bon Scott joined AC/DC in 1974, serving as the frontman until his death at 33 in 1980.
Meanwhile, Scott’s replacement Brian Johnson has retired from performing live with the band amid fears of suffering permanent hearing loss. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will stand in for Johnson at the hard rock group’s remaining live dates.
AC/DC currently have 12 European live dates booked in for May and June, including two UK shows: London’s Olympic Stadium on June 4 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 9.
In a preview of what’s to come, guitarist Angus Young joined Axl Rose onstage at Coachella for Guns N’ Roses’ headline set during weekend one.