Thanks to Cate from Warwick in Queensland, who sent this email a few days back, giving a glimmer of hope to fans who were worried that Bon’s bronze statue would end up gathering a layer of chip-fat and dust in the corner of the fish and chip shop:
Hi Lucas – I thought you might like to see our photos “In search of Bon Scott” taken last week in Fremantle. My husband Paul is a HUGE fan of AC/DC so we spend quite a while in search if Bon’s grave and Statue. Enjoy! Cate
Thanks Cate, great stuff!
the plaque on the seat wasnt there last time i went to the cemetery. Also I see from your photos that the statue is back at greg james’ studio. any news from greg about where it will go eventually?
Greg has to finish the stand (amplifier) before it ends up somewhere in the park at the wharf near Ciccerello’s restaurant. I didn’t actually meet Greg – one of his assistants was there and kindly let us into the studio. Feel free to use any photos you wish for the “bonscottblog”. Cate
Hopefully this puts Bon’s inglorious days in the chip shop in perspective. It was just a brief visit while Greg the artist finishes the amp he’ll be standing on…. Thanks Cate, I’ve put a few more of your shots up here. By the way – ladies, check out the butt modeled in clay on the left hand side of the above photo…
This morning, Bon’s old mate Gabby sent me this message, confirming the imminent park placement:
Just thought you might like to know that Bon has gone back to Greg James Studio to be finished on the Marshall Amp base as planned.
He then goes into the park for all the fans to see.
Thanks to everyone for their concern about our friend.
I’m sure everyone will be really happy to visit him in the park!
In other news, AC/DC has finally released their new single “Rock and Roll Train”. All the action has been happening over at AC/DC News Blog, where you can listen to the single and discuss…
My opinion? It’s a good riff, and I found myself humming it all day after just one listen. I can’t really work out what the song is supposed to “be about” – something about a runaway train, huh? Brian Johnson certainly doesn’t enunciate super clearly. And I was only listening through my tinny laptop speakers. In general, it exceeded my expectations!
Also at the Bon Scott Yahoo group, there has been great consternation about the new album – Black Ice – due to be released in October. Apparently in the USA, the album will only be available for purchase at Wal-Mart. Bizarre, eh?
So I was surprised and pleased to see a lively political debate fire up over at the yahoogroup about “This whole Wal-Mart deal”. The ethical tension is palpable – this is the first new material from acca dacca since 2001 and so what fan wouldn’t want to get it? On the other hand, you’re forced to buy from amuch-hated (but oh-so convenient and cheap) behemoth corporation… Dirty Deeds Indeed!
The question remains – why would AC/DC do a deal like this??
(incidentally, it occurred to me that the musical drought between “Stiff Upper Lip” (2001) and “Black Ice” (2008) represents about the same amount of time Bon was in the band from start to finish…)