Hundreds of AC/DC fans will descend on Bon Scott‘s Angus hometown this weekend for what would have been the singer’s 71st birthday.
Fans will pay tribute to the late frontman in Kirriemuir where Scott lived before moving to Australia with his family when he was six.
Bon’s Birthday Bash at the Kirrie Town Hall on Saturday will feature a headline set from female fronted AC/DC tribute band Her Way to Hell with support from The Mandrakes and Tusk.
The event has been organised by community organisation DD8 Music which also puts on the annual BonFest which brings visitors from across the world to the town.
Music development worker Graham Galloway said: “Last year we hosted the first Bon Birthday Bash to mark what would have been his 70th birthday and we decided to give it another shot.
“We have a fantastic band performing who played this year’s Bonfest for the first time and they were absolutely fantastic and we wanted to bring them back up.
“Bon’s Birthday Bash seemed like the perfect excuse and they’ll be supported by The Mandrakes from Montrose and Tusk who are a band who actually use the DD8 studio.”
Mr Galloway said the bash would be a “bit like a mini Bonfest” and people will be travelling to Kirriemuir from across the UK and Kirrie will also be welcoming visitors from Germany.
He said: “The Germans are by far our largest foreign contingent – as well as being loyal fans they have also struck up lasting friendships with people in Kirriemuir.
“The success of Bonfest is also bringing people back to visit the town where Bon grew up and that’s been a big boost for the local economy.
“Little things have been happening in the town over the years to get these repeat visitors though – the Gateway to the Glens AC/DC exhibition is now all year round and getting the statue in place has also made it an even more popular destination that ever before.”
Bon Scott was born Ronald Belford Scott in Forfar in 1946 and lived in Kirriemuir until 1952, when his family moved to Australia.
Once there he became part of one of music’s biggest success stories after joining Glasgow-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in their band, AC/DC.
Scott died in London in 1980, aged 33 and, while the band continued with a new lead singer, fans have never forgotten his role.
Tickets for the gig are on sale now and will also be available on the door on the night.