Time for AC/DC fans to put their money where their mouth is

By Graeme Strachan, 14 December 2013 9.48am.

A campaign to get rock giants AC/DC — and one of Kirriemuir’s most famous sons — to the top of the festive charts begins this weekend.

The Facebook campaign urges fans to download AC/DC’s iconic 1979 single Highway to Hell, which features Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott’s distinctive vocals.

The download attempt gets under way on Sunday and fans have been urged to keep purchasing a copy of the single until Saturday, with this year’s Christmas No 1 announced the following day.

The group now hopes to get a big boost from more than 150,000 worldwide fans who are backing the British campaign.

A spokesman for the group said: “AC/DC are celebrating their 40th anniversary as we speak.

“They formed in late 1973 and we are a few fans who thought it would be cool to see them at the top of the Christmas tree to celebrate their milestone.

“Also X Factor have decided to release their single in Christmas week for the first time since 2010 and we thought — and it’s more of a public display of celebration for AC/DC than an anti-X Factor campaign but — boy, would we love to beat them in the charts.

“AC/DC have thousands and thousands of fans here in the UK. If they all spent less than £1 in Christmas week, then the number one would be awesome.”

Savvy bookmakers have slashed the odds on the tune reaching the top spot but it is second favourite, behind the winner of the X Factor.