AC/DC fans raise almost £50,000 for Bon Scott statue in Scottish hometown

The band's original vocalist will sit in a dedicated spot in Kirriemuir, near Dundee

Fans of AC/DC have raised just short of £50,000 to celebrate the band’s early lead singer Bon Scott, who died in 1980.

Scott’s family relocated to Australia when he was six, but he could trace his roots to the town of Kirriemuir, near Dundee.

The statue was funded through crowdsourcing, with the campaign so successful that it will also pay for a memorial garden in addition to the statue. DD8 Music, who are behind the fundraising effort, had drawn in £48,170 at the time of writing, with 13-days remaining to fund the campaign.

Kirriemuir celebrates Scott with an annual ‘Bonfest’, and the statue will be unveiled during the event next April.

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The campaign states: “We have commissioned renowned sculptor John McKenna to create a life-sized statue of Bon that will capture his personality, his stage presence and his Scottish roots. When completed, the statue will be placed in its own memorial garden, on Bellies Brae in the middle of Kirriemuir.”

Scott fronted the Aussie rockers for the six years replacing original singer Dave Evans, and featuring on hit records like ‘Dirty Deeds Done Cheap’, ‘TNT’ and ‘Let There Be Rock’. Prior to AC/DC, he also performed with Fraternity, The Valentines and The Spektors.

Scott passed out in a car in southeast London after a night of heavy drinking in the club now known as KOKO and he was found dead the following day. The cause of death was recorded as acute alcohol poisoning.