AC/DC fan site AC-DC.net has uploaded a newly discovered interview with the band’s late singer Bon Scott.
During AC/DC‘s 1976 “Dirty Deeds” U.K. tour, Ray Lancaster, who worked for a student’s newspaper, interviewed Scott backstage at the Birmingham Town Hall on October 29 after the band’s performance. This remarkable 25-minute interview was recently re-discovered and shared on YouTube. Check it out below.
Scott was invited to join AC/DC by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980 from alcohol poisoning.
He sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.
In a 2010 interview, Angus stated about Bon‘s influence on the band more than three decades after the singer’s death: “I think it’s just something that is part of you. It’s like you lost someone close to you, in your family or a very close friend. You’ve always got that feeling they’re there but you just, I suppose, miss them in the physical sense. There’s always memories that keep coming back to you, and it doesn’t matter what the situation is. You could be traveling, you could be relaxing somewhere, or going to play or being in the studio, there’s always something that reminds you.”
Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking at a club in London, just days after attending a session with Malcolm and Angus Young where they began working on music for what became the “Back In Black” album.
According to the AC/DC FAQ web site, Bon and the friend, a musician named Alisdair Kinnear, had been drinking the evening of February 19, 1980 and Bon apparently fell asleep during the ride home. Kinnear could not wake Bon, so he left him in the car to sleep. Kinnear awoke early in the evening on February 20, checked on Bon, and found him unconscious in the car. Bon could not be revived, and was pronounced dead.
Angus told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band almost didn’t get past Scott‘s death. “Bon was the big… He was a full-on frontman, plus he had this great character, you know. I mean, he just lived that rock ‘n’ roll life. With Bon, what you saw was what you got, and, yeah, it was pretty, pretty tough.”