Hed have been absolutely chuffed to have a statue in Kirriemuir.
) turned up on Friday 29th July only to find another band were due to play.
We were told that someone had telephoned to cancel all our upcoming gigs there. (We also had a gig booked for December) The management were very apologetic and have reinstated our December booking, plus given us 3 gigs for next year (we do normally do 3 gigs a year here), but it is all a bit worrying. Must say, it's the first time we have had any problem there. We (The Flying Vs) got contacted by someone saying 'check your gig Saturday 6 Aug at Saltgrass'. Wed been booked for a gig at that venue on that night for months although I know theres been a change of management.
As he did in the video for Its a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll), Scott is wearing a sleeveless denim jacket with a striped shirt,, raising one arm high and holding bagpipes. Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, who is participating in Bon Fest, was at the ceremony. Bon was a great pal and its just great to be in the place where he came from.
The statue has captured his essence, right down to his tattoos.
Bon would have been turning 70 this year I was just 19 when I joined the band he was ten years older but you couldnt help but like the guy.
He was a hell raiser but there was another side to him and he never forgot his Scottish roots.
Were talking about a Rock fan so dedicated he took 3 albums into the jungles of Belize, Thin Lizzys Live & Dangerous, SAHBs Next and Simon & Garfunkels Bridge over Troubled Water (just in case he pulled and needed some mood music).
When Stan left the North East in the mid 70s there was a massive Rock scene around the local workingmens clubs where you had a choice of bands to see any Friday night, on his return this was sadly no longer the case.
Not a man to cry into his beer, he persuaded the local WMC (Houghton Buffs) to start putting bands on every week and before long had a good crowd and a well-respected venue.
When the Buffs closed Stan stuck his neck out and started putting bands on in Houghton Kepier Hall which also soon became a great venue and hosted many of the areas top bands.
September Stan will finally retire after 45 years plus of serving his country and Rock music in the North East.
As a Swansong, there is an all-day Rockfest in the Kepier Hall (footage of the last all day gig in aid of breast cancer can be seen here https:// The final show features Russ Tippins, Captain Rock, Old Codger, Skinflint & The Flying Vs plus a couple of bands still to be announced.
It's not just any pommie that can pop over to the land of Oz, but if they could, I'm bang on sure they'd make a beeline for Melbourne to soak up some of that Bon Scott vibe in AC/DC Lane.