By: Amber Harvey
AC/DC has thrown their support behind a campaign to build a memorial statue of their late front man Bon Scott in his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland.
The ambitious project is the brainchild of Kirriemuir’s local community group, DD8 Music, which is also responsible for Bon Fest, the town’s annual two-day celebration of the late “T.N.T.” and “Highway to Hell” singer.
Launched just 11 days ago, the project has already found more than 230 “backers” on the online funding platform Kickstarter, which aims to raise £50,000 for the memorial statue by June 5.
In the latest news from AC/DC’s website, the band pledges support for the campaign and invites their fans to help fund it.
DD8 Music has commissioned renowned sculptor John McKenna to design and create the life-sized, bronze memorial statue, which is meant to exemplify Scott’s spirit and Scottish roots.
In an interview with The Scotsman, DD8 chairman Graham Galloway said that, “Folk in [Kirriemuir] are very proud of Bon’s connections with the town and in recent years it has just got stronger and stronger.”
With a street and memorial stone already dedicated to him in Kirriemuir, this will be the second memorial statue built to honor Scott—the first was erected in 2008 at the Freemantle Fishing Boat Harbor in Claremont, Australia: the country where AC/DC’s members are known to hail from, and where Scott relocated to from Scotland with his family at age 6.
AC/DC’s legendary front man died in London in 1980, at the age of 33—just months after the release of the band’s seminal work Highway to Hell.
For more information on the Bon Scott memorial project, check out the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages and be sure leave your comments below
To pledge a donation for the building of Bon Scott’s hometown statue, visit DD8 Music’s Kickstarter page