Hole lot of lov­ing for Bon

Canning Gazette - - MUSIC - Si­mon Collins

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

1974.

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.

Dave Hole

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