Today, July 9, would’ve been Bon Scott’s 70th birthday. The legendary voice behind many of hard rock’s most popular anthems — “Highway To Hell,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “T.N.T.,” and “It’s a Long Way To The Top,” passed away February 19, 1980.
He is still a revered singer 41 years later. In fact, Classic Rock Magazine named him the greatest frontman ever, beating Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury and virtually every other rock star.
Scott is a rock legend. His family is determined to preserve that legacy for future generations by launching the first official Bon Scott website (bonscottofficial.com) today in celebration of his milestone birthday.
The estate announced the launch of the website in a press release. “Bon was an extraordinary singer, songwriter, and character that the entire world should never forget.”
The new website will include Scott’s early days with AC/DC as well as his early bands like Valentines, Spektors, and Fraternity. This site will give fans a more detailed look at Scott’s rise from Little Richard-inspired up-and-comer to Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer.
The site will also have new merchandise and allow fans to share Scott stories. The testimonial section will feature tributes from many rockers, including Rob Halford and Steve Perry.
“I can still remember my first encounter with AC/DC. Perry wrote that Journey was continuing to be headliners. Van Halen, who were our openers, had been with us for around a month. “The next thing you know, I’m in Corpus Christi Texas, showing up for my set, and a new opening act was just added to the tour. AC/DC was something I’d heard of, but I hadn’t seen them live. As I entered, I heard a huge rhythm guitar beat with a bass and drums. My voice was so high that it was almost impossible to hear. To my surprise, Bon Scott was standing on stage left, holding a bottle Jack and wearing no shirt and wearing cowboy boots. He was singing like Steve Marriott and a cat. His voice was so powerful, it changed my life. He was what he lived.”
Scott’s life and legend are revealed through the words of friends, fans, and former bandmates.
“Bon’s demeanor, attitude, and front-man swagger gave him an all-around persona that the whole world loved. “Bon’s voice and stage persona drew everyone in – there is an unmatched uniqueness which solidifies Bon’s legendary status rock and roll,” Judas Priest singer Halford wrote. I would often watch him from the side and front of the stage, and his magnetic energy was unstoppable. He’s pure love, energy, and honesty were infectious. I will always remember our down-to-earth, wholesome interactions in the dressing room as well as on the bus. I treasure the fact that he spoke from the heart and without any ego. He is a great singer and can’t be matched in style or sound. We love you Bon!