Some of Australia’s most experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create a new show that pays tribute to the late Bon Scott, frontman and lyricist of AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980.
Among the performers are Simon Wright and Mark Evans, both former members of AC/DC. Wright played drums for the band from May 1983 until November 1989, a period that included the recording of albums Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who and Blow Up Your Video. Evans played bass from March 1975 until June 1977 and was featured on albums T.N.T, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and ’74 Jailbreak.
Joining them are Dave Stevens, Bon Scott’s son, as well as James Morley, former bassist with The Angels; Anthony ‘Skeenie’ Skene, vocalist with The Poor; and Solo Dallas, a guitarist who has achieved international attention via YouTube. The band made an appearance earlier this year at Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne, to celebrate Bon Scott’s birthday.
Titled Bon But Not Forgotten, the tour will travel to five locations at the beginning of November, namely Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane; Racecourse Hotel, Ipswich; Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster; The Grand Hotel, Mornington; and The Espy, St Kilda, which recently reopened as a live music venue.
When Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, he was just 33 years old. He was found passed out in a Renault 5, having spent the night before drinking excessively in a club in London.
Since then, AC/DC has continued to record and tour in various lineups. The band has sold over 200 million records internationally, including 50 million copies of Back in Black, which is the highest selling album by a band in the world.