PART FOUR OF “THE UNVEILING”
[Kev and Andy and Ian]
After a pee, we really started to get into the swing of things.
“Hey Lucas, what about those three GUYS IN KILTS!!” Mish shrieked. We scuttled towards them. The kilts were on the move, they looked to be heading thirstily towards the bar. But it wisnae hard to catch up since they kept getting waylaid by other fans also wanting to take a photo.
Their names were Kev, Andy and Ian, and they’ve travelled all the way from Fife in Scotland, just to be here for the statue unveiling. Dedication? Well, sure. But people travel half way around the world all the time to attend cultural events, don’t they? And when they travel, tourists usually try to grab a souvenir or two to take home with them, right? A postcard or a keyring or a photo of themselves standing in front of a monument. Right.
But have you ever met anyone so passionate about an event, that they felt compelled to tattoo its name and date onto their inside wrist? I hadn’t either, not until now anyway.
Kev’s wife had organised and paid for his ticket to Australia for the concert, as a surprise for his 40th birthday. She also booked an AC/DC tribute band called Volts to celebrate his birthday. What a woman.
Kev told us he had once played an instrument in a band … (was it the drums? Sheesh, all that bourbon has really sapped my short term memory) … anyway, on the night of his 40th birthday party, he was invited up to play some AC/DC numbers with Volts. I could tell it had been a special night for him, by the way he got all manically misty telling the story again.
(Imagine the following in a barely comprehensible Scottish brogue at a thousand miles an hour. It was only later that I realised what Kev was trying to say.)
Lucas I’ve gotta tell ye I’m not sayin I’m the best drummer in the weld or nothin’ ye know especially when I’m a bit pissed I can play a bit off if ye know what I mean a bit out of time and all but that night fuck we nailed it. We fuckin’ nailed it!
Here’s a hot tip: if you ever get to Kirrie (as the locals call it), the plaque is located “behind the ice cream shop in the town centre.”
Kev has a CD filled with digital photos from the unveiling of the monument in May 2006 He gave me his number should I wish to book in for a viewing later in the week…