The grave site of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia was classified with a heritage listing today (Feb. 15). Scott died in February 1980 at the age of 33, but his legend
The grave site of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia was classified with a heritage listing today (Feb. 15). Scott died in February 1980 at the age of 33, but his legend has grown around the world in the years since.
Indeed, even though heritage listings are usually reserved for buildings, the grave was recognized because of AC/DC's global popularity and because it is visited by thousands of fans each year. A 2004 Australian movie, "Thunderstruck," was about a group of AC/DC fans journeying across the country to visit Scott's resting place.
"For that particular form and style of music, AC/DC were very significant in bringing that kind of music to the world," says Kim Haynes, the National Trust's WA heritage officer.
In addition, the WA Bon Scott fan club's efforts to get a Scott statue erected in Pioneer Park opposite the Fremantle railway station have received the blessing of Fremantle mayor Peter Tagliaferri.
Fremantle Council is discussing the idea, and Tagliaferri is hopeful the statue will be up by the end of the year. But Doug Thorncroft, president of the fan club, is pushing for a July unveiling, to coincide with what would have been Scott's 60th birthday. The club is starting a campaign to raise the $60,000 price tag for the statue.
Saturday, bands around Australia are holding tribute nights for Scott to celebrate his death anniversary. At Melbourne's Hi Fi Bar, AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck will be joined onstage by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans before a crowd expected to include Scott's widow Irene.