Bon Scott Statue Plan for Birthplace

AC/DC fans collect funds to create a statue to hard rock icons former frontman.

Bon Scott Statue Plan for Birthplace
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Fans of AC/DC have launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to create a permanent memorial to iconic frontman Bon Scott in his home town of Kirriemuir, Scotland. And if they reach the £50,000 target, renowned sculptor John McKenna has a design for a statue ready to go. Ronald Belford Scott, who emigrated to Australia as a child, died in February 1980 just as his band were on the brink of worldwide acclaim. The surviving members hired Brian Johnson as new frontman and released landmark album "Back in Black" later that year as a tribute to Scott. Despite having left Kirriemuir at the age of six, the town in the north-east of Scotland has remained proud of its famous son. A plaque already exists in its Cumberland Close while a street in a new housing estate has been named Bon Scott Place, and there's a permanent exhibition in the local museum. Now community group DD8 Music, who have held an annual memorial festival in the "Wee Red Toon" since 2008, want to place a statue there and they've already raised nearly £10,000 of the amount they require. Committee member John Crawford says: "Kirriemuir was the home town of a little lad called Ronald who was to grow up and become the world's best-known frontman. "We believe Bon deserves a statue. We've commissioned John McKenna to create a life-sized statue which will capture three things: his personality, his stage presence and his Scottish roots. "We're appealing to the greatest fans in the world to come together and make this project a reality. We want the statue to be from the fans, for the fans." The Kickstarter campaign launched last week with Italian tribute band Buon Scotch recreating AC/DC's 1975 live video for "It's a Long Way to the Top." View the event below. Donation options start at just £1 with a total of 11 options. Those who pledge £10 will receive a badge and postcard of the final design; those who give £25 will also be given a cloth patch; a commitment of £100 offers a t-shirt and poster signed by formed AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. At the top end of the scale there's the limited-edition chance to own a scaled-down bronze replica of the artwork and have your name engraved on the final work ten places are offered at £2500. If the £50,000 target is reached by June 5, the statue will be unveiled at next year's Bon Scott Festival.
Bon Scott Statue design.

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    codyjt5150
    I wish there was a time machine, change the past, and see what AC/DC would be like if he wasn't dead.
    spyder52
    At least they continued with Brian.. he put out a lot of great stuff and allowed me to see them live!
    suicidehummer
    I do think they'd be making better music if Bon was alive today. Not that I don't like Brian, but Bon had such a way with words. And the lyrics have gotten really dumb since Angus and Malcolm started writing them (on The Razor's Edge).
    smittyanthrax
    It will probably get vandalized by neds if it goes ahead.
    lemmyisgod97
    Funny you should say that as the Phil Lynott statue here in Dublin was pushed over and broke in half by two scumbags the other day.
    smittyanthrax
    Its just Scotland mate.Wee shites with no respect for nada.Soldier monuments get it so i cant see why a statue of a rock god would be any different.Our Donald Dewar statue used to get it every weekend until they removed it.
    rockerwannabe
    I hope the statue design is of Bon from the early 70's when his tight jeans went halfway up to his chest. Bon rules!
    UncleBluck
    Committee member John Crawford says: "Kirriemuir was the home town of a little lad called Ronald who was to grow up and become the world's best-known frontman....The irony being that he did not really reach world renoun until after his death.....
    ErnestoFidel
    Sorry to kill everybody's dreams, but that is not a statue, it's a bust. (no pun intended)
    kiba56
    I think they mean former AC/DC bassist
    kiba56
    Donation options start at just 1 with a total of 11 options. Those who pledge 10 will receive a badge and postcard of the final design; those who give 25 will also be given a cloth patch; a commitment of 100 offers a t-shirt and poster signed by formed AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. At the top end of the scale there's the limited-edition chance to own a scaled-down bronze replica of the artwork and have your name engraved on the final work ten places are offered at 2500. If you read this you will understand what my comment was about
    D_for_Drastic
    You would think that the other members of AC/DC would chip in considering their wealth, instead there is this kickstarter project. I'm not against this I just think its a shame that instead of the members of the band paying tribute to Bon Scott and helping this project, it has to be us the general public who only have a connection as fans rather than anything more that are funding this statue.
    GALGOPOWER
    ACDC is bad band...
    Brands99
    omg i wish i could downvote you more than 200000 times
    N7Crazy
    Yes, that will surely teach him! Invisible, pointless, and worthless votes will make him go "Hmm, I might be wrong", and then he will change his mind! Thank you invisible, pointless and worthless votes! You have saved the galaxy from this dangerous and clearly wrong opinion! Hurrah! -que celebrational fanfare- But seriously, I like AC/DC, but I couldn't care less if someone didn't...
    smittyanthrax
    That attitude stinks mate.
    N7Crazy
    Why? As long as someone can give a properly thought-through foundation of their opinion, I don't mind if someone likes a band or not - after all, the core argument of liking/disliking a band often is based on personal taste... And granted, GALGOPOWER doesn't give an explanation of his opinion (most likely a troll I suspect), I just wanted to point that out, since I find the endless obsession people have with deeming someones musical taste "right" or "wrong" a bit bizarre...