A community group in Kirriemuir, Scotland, the town where late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott was born, has launched a plan to have a statue of the legendary rocker erected there. The organization, DD8 Music, which also puts together an annual music festival in Kirriemuir in Scott's honor, has hired a sculptor named John McKenna to design a life-size, bronze tribute to the singer.
DD8 representative John Crawford tells the Dispatch and Herald that "the memorial statue will be completely funded by us."
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has posted a message from McKenna that reads, "I am excited about undertaking the creation of a statue to Bon Scott. Many years back when I was a teenager AC/DC was a favorite band amongst other rock groups, never thought then I would be a sculptor and making a statue of an international rock legend would never [have] entered my head as it was bangin' away to a 'Whole Lotta Rosie.'"
In addition, former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans has given his approval to the plan.
Scott lived in Kirriemuir until he was 6 years old, when his family moved to Australia. He died in 1980 at age 33 of alcohol poisoning. Another statue of Scott was unveiled in February 2008 in Claremont, Australia, and was moved later that year to a permanent spot in nearby Fremantle.
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