Hole lot of loving for Bon
BEFORE he was the strutting, swaggering and lascivious singer for Oz rock giants AC/DC, Bon Scott played drums and sang in Perth pop bands.
Local blues legend Dave Hole even remembers the rocker, born Ronald Belford Scott in Forfar, Scotland, playing flute with Adelaide teenyboppers Fraternity.
Even so, Uk-born Hole reckons there was something irrepressible about the wiry little bloke with the mullet and penchant for dressing to the left.
“He was a one-off, Bon,” the 71-year-old blues guitar genius said.
“If there was a gig going and he could fit in somewhere, get some work with a band and get on stage, he’d do it.”
Hole was playing around town with the Beatn-trax, a group which later morphed into arguably Australia’s greatest blues band Chain, at the same time as Scott was making his early thrusts and parries.
He remembers bumping into the future High Voltage rock icon at a packed party in “someone’s flat in Daglish” in the late ’60s.
“I remember sitting for a long time on the floor against a wall drinking, basically getting pissed with Bon, and we had a good old yak about all sorts of stuff,” Hole recalled.
The musicians, who both immigrated to Australia in 1952, agreed that Johnny Young and the other leading lights of Perth music at the time were far too pop.
“I remember Bon as a great bloke,” Hole said.
“He might have strutted around on stage, but in person he was really down to earth.”
Hole was still taken aback when Scott replaced Dave Evans as Acca Dacca’s lead singer in
After seeing AC/DC play early gigs at Perth pubs, including the Raffles Hotel, Hole thought their appeal would be limited to rowdy Aussie bar rooms.
He was pleasantly surprised when they blew up overseas.
While they’d not shared a few beers since Scott joined Angus and Malcolm Young in the earth-shaking behemoth that is AC/DC, Hole was still upset in 1980 when the rocker was found dead in a Renault after a night of heavy drinking in London.
Hole is honoured to be a part of Highway to Hell, the Perth Festival closing event and tribute to the legendary frontman, which will see 10km of Canning Highway turned into one big rock-fest on March 1.
The bluesman will perform outside the Leopold Hotel, where the late hellraiser was known to sink the odd ale, and will cover two of his favourite AC/DC songs, You Shook Me All Night Long and Baby, Please Don’t Go.