This is how it happened.
All of a sudden the stage went quiet. A lone piper started up. We could see him on the big screen, and we could hear him. But we couldn’t find where he was. From a high balcony somewhere in the showgrounds came a haunting wail. From far beyond the grave, Bon Scott’s rotten lungs were pumping air through a tartan bladder for the very last time.
We twisted and craned to locate the piper. “There he is!” shouted Mish. He was lit up with a spotlight in the distance to the right of the stage. We stood still for a moment in silent homage to Scotland’s famous son.
By the time we turned back to the stage, it was a seething mass of people. Kev and the boys from Fife were up there. Bill and Ashley were up there, Doug from the Bon Scott Fanclub, Greg the artist, Mark Evans and his daughter, Tania from the Hamilton Hill Clan, and countless others I didn’t recognise. Scottish flags were flying. Everyone was dancing with joy. And in the dead centre of the stage stood a stationery figure draped in a sheet.
The Party Boys, with Dave Evans up front, started playing It’s a Long Way to the Top (if You Wanna Rock and Roll). This, I would warrant, is the song that fans most clearly identify with the story of Bon Scott’s life.
In the blink of an eye, the sheet was whipped away, and there it stood, in all its glory. The Bronze Bon.
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I snapped one final photo, my camera battery died, and that was that.
5 thoughts on “The Statue at Last”
im somewhere on stage in that pic
you can see my dad and my uncle
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dont know if you were the guy we were speaking but we were the 4. Scottish guys that went to the concert and we got to help unveil the statue. We are sitting in dubai airport waiting to fly to glasgow after a 10.5 hour flight from perth australia. Watch this space !!
love all the posts on the concert and the people you meet.
Boys from Fife, great to see you guys here. Glad you made the journey. Hey i went to Kirri last July to find Bon’s home. It was a great trip to see my folks in Perthshire & Fife.
Thanks to Jim at the Freo Arts Centre, who sent through this link to the Coastal Scottish Pipe Band.
They provided the pipers for the big concert. There’s a great report on their website, written by “Piper and resident Rock Star Louise Rowland”, about the Bon Scott unveiling, from the perspective of the pipers! It’s pretty cool. I’ll quote the whole thing here for you: