Monthly Archive for July, 2008

It’s Your Round, Bon…

tracy LED sign

Does anyone have a clue what this message could mean??

It was sent by someone called “JJ“…

That’s it folks, the last of the Bon Scott Blog Fremantle LED welcome signs to go up! If you want to see a selection of them as a slideshow, have a look over here

Still Rocks Hard and Strong

laurie redsell LED sign

the following email from Laurie (Loz) explains it all…

Lucas,

I came across your blog page the other day when I was trawling the net for Bon Scott sites.

I read a little bit of it each day. I love it and you are a lucky x#@* to have had the experiences you have had writing it.

AC/DC are the best band ever but would be even better with Bon still out front.

I am 53yrs old and have been an AccaDacca fan forever. When I have parties in my bar, everyone always wants to put on the silly hats (which we do after we drink to much) and rock to AccaDacca. And the people that are rocking are middle age bankers and our young adult children. The kids love Bon like we do because his music has lived on through us and always will. My favourite song is Jailbreak, an OZ classic, with Bon at his best.

I travelled to Fremantle a couple of years ago and had some quiet moments at Bons grave. I will be back again soon to see his statue (and to visit the grave again).

I would love the following message to go up on the Message Board at Fremantle:

Bon Scott still rocks hard and strong
in the life of Laurie Redsell (Loz)
from Brisbane. R.I.P. Bon

If it does goes up could you let me know by email, photograph it and put it on your blogsite.

Also if it does go up I will be downloading the picture, blowing it up and putting in the bar beside Bons photograph and other assorted memorabilia.

Ta,

Laurie Redsell
Brisbane, Qld.

Hamilton Hill Clan Collects Banner

hamilton hill clan with banner

Representatives of the Hamilton Hill Clan collect the last Bon Scott Project Vinyl Banner from the Fremantle Arts Centre this week!

One of the excellent things about this project has been the greatly expanded range of folks who have become familiar with the Arts Centre through Bon. The Hamilton Hill Clan have been great supporters of the Bon Scott Project. I look forward seeing pictures of their pilgrimage, en masse, to see AC/DC perform in concert early next year – if the rumoured tour goes ahead…

A belated Birthday wish…

happy birthday LED sign

This is the LED sign message we put up last Wednesday in Fremantle.

So it’s a week late getting to you online, but what the hey! Motorists in Freo saw it on the day, and that’s the main thing!

Lucky Loyd Chimes in…

lucky loyd angus image

A few days ago, Loyd from Birmingham, Alabama, left this message:

The musicians I found on our Bon Scott Tribute Day will go down in history as the best BS band ever! I will have videos soon. My Mom, Liz Scott, came out, as well as 12 local bands! The Best is yet to come!

And now Loyd has come through with the goods. Read this email he just sent me:

Hi Lucas

Just thought I would let you know the results of our Bon Tribute at The Bottletree in Birmingham.

The fire marshal says the club can hold 76 people. There were over 150 people thru the front door, and 11 bands and their friends and girlfriends thru the back door. It was a blast!

We found a pair of kids who have wanted to do Bon tribute band since they were dressing as Bon & Angus for Halloween! They are both 23, and are being teamed with a group of veteran musicians from the ‘Ham, and are being advised by a former member of the San Francisco-based Bon tribute “Powerage”.

Enclosed are pictures from the event. Do you see the resemblance?

A review of the event is available at a site called “soundboard de cheevo.” Did the message I sent touting this event really run on your message board? That was on honor.

Hope you find a place for your Bon statue. If you ever need a place to put him in Birmingham, look me up!

Continue reading ‘Lucky Loyd Chimes in…’

ONYA SIMMO!

simmo with banner

Simmo, Fremantle-mega-fan, seen here collecting his Bon Scott Project Vinyl Banner. Simmo was the first to line up for the banner after the exhibition closed last weekend.

Robyn, marketing guru from the Fremantle Arts Centre, said she was surprised that the banner lasted until the end of the show. Some similar banners had been pinched in the dead of night by enthusiastic fans eager for the ultimate souvenir…

Robyn said:

Simmo was chuffed and even donated $10 to the Arts Centre. He assured me he hadn’t taken any of the other banners but did admit he’d thought about it. He’s got big plans for that banner, and I think it includes a pilgrimage to many Bon Scott sites around Freo.

Onya, Simmo!

U Rock My World Like No Other

carolyns message to bon

Birthday message from Carolyn in California!
Click on the image to see it larger.

It’s Bon’s Birthday!

alyssa models the bon scott blog apron

NOTE ADDED 15 JULY 2008:
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SHOWN INTEREST IN THE BON SCOTT CROTCH APRON.
HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO RESPECT A FRIENDLY REQUEST FROM BON’S FAMILY, I HAVE DECIDED TO WITHDRAW THE APRON FROM SALE.

PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS WITHDRAWAL FROM SALE.

-CHEERS, LUCAS FROM BON SCOTT BLOG…

[PS: THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST ABOUT THE APRON FOLLOWS – FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY. HOWEVER, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PURCHASE THE BON SCOTT CROTCH APRON.
SORRY FOLKS…]

July 9th, as you all know, is Bon’s Birthday. Amazingly, the rocker would be youthful 62 this year!

Well, the Bon Scott Blog is happy to announce a new gift for that Bon Scott Lover in your life who’s “got it all”…

The Limited Edition Bon Scott Crotch Apron™, as modelled so fetchingly above by Alyssa.

Details:

The apron was hand-silkscreened by print guru Alyssa and myself in the dying days of my artist-in-residence in Fremantle. You can see photos of the printing in progess here.

The apron is designed to sit snugly over your hips, creating the illusion, for as long as you wear it, that you have acquired the well packaged groin of Australia’s greatest rocker. To boot, you get the deliciously hairy belly and a bit of microphone on the lower right hand side…

The drawing featured on the apron is the same one I used as an iron-on for my Bon Scott Crotch singlet when I went to the big concert. It was done by my friend Hana Shimada. Very adept with a lead pencil, that Hana.

The screen was kindly prepared for me by West Australian printing maven Susanna Castleden from Curtin University.

The aprons themselves were custom made in Melbourne, of the finest cotton drill, and supplied by Australian ApronMakers. Athol Kelly, the dad of my friend Deborah helped me out by getting the aprons to me in record time and at a good price.

bon scott blog tag

To top it off, every apron comes with a hand-sewn, gold-on-black Bon Scott Blog tag (just like grandma used to fix onto your clothes so you didn’t get ’em nicked at school). Many of these tags were sewn on by my girlfriend Lizzie while she watched television.

So folks, as you can see these aprons are a labour of love from the sweatshop of Bon!

Now, this is a very limited edition print run – only 50 of these aprons are available, so get in quick! A bargain at only AUD$55 dollars plus postage and handling! For obvious reasons, I am restricting sales to one apron per person.

If you want an apron, email me now: lucas[at]bonscottblog[dot]com and we’ll work out all the payment and postage options…

Greasy Bon

bon in cicerello's

Hi Lucas,
Here’s one for the blog….. This beautiful sculpture of a beautiful man……. in a fish and chip shop!!!!! I urge all Bon Scott fans to protest or go and carry him out of there on their backs.
Yes we are pretty sad!
Cheers Gabx

So Bon’s Bronze Statue, after all the hoo-har about his final resting place, has actually wound up INSIDE the Cicerello’s fish and chip shop!!?? Wow, that’s news to me.

Originally, the idea was to have the bronzy Bon in pride of place in Fremantle town centre, near all the bronze prime ministers and important men. But that was poo-pooed by the local heritage lobby (or so the tale goes). Bon was an inappropriate figure to have in such a location (and besides, who knows what kind of undesirables he would attract to the streets…)

Then the state minister and acca dacca fan, Alanah McTiernan, stepped in, and offered the sliver of land on the water side of the railway tracks as a site for our little metal man. Because the state government controls this land, this solution would sidestep the machinations of the troublesome naysayers in local council.

If you want to read more about this history of Bon Scott ping pong, have a look at a few posts I wrote when I was in Western Australia. Here they are:
The Fine Details
21 Characters, 4 Lines

That was the last I had heard of the matter, until the email above came through from one of Bon’s oldest friends Gaby. I think Gaby must have found out through Crabsody in Blue (the mega Bon Scott tribute site), who, in turn, must have located the news on the website for Cicerellos (the fish and chip shop).

Admittedly, it’s a huge win for Cicerellos. Bon will really buffer their current “curiosity shoppe” which consists of a big canoe that was bitten in half by a shark, and a fishtank full of lobsters. Definitely giving them the edge over their chippy competitors.

But it’s a sad fall from grace, considering the two huge Bon Scott Celebration concerts that raised all the money for the statue to be built.

So what gives, Freo??

Real Weird Science

biology LED sign

biology LED sign part two

In the middle of the night, my phone buzzed and this message came through from Dublin:

My biology
teacher taught
us about you
instead of real
science. Then
again you are
real science, real
weird
science.
Niall-
dublin

It was too long to fit on one LED sign, so we spread it over two signs! Niall from Dublin, if you’re out there, we’d love to hear more about that biology teacher of yours!

Sorry the sign’s a bit difficult to read, on account of the bright wintery Perth sun! But you get a bonus blue truck thrown in for good luck, I suppose…