It’s an open secret that there are fans of the mighty AC/DC among the staff at Esquire (although fan might be more accurate). So no surprises that a new tourist attraction in Fremantle, Western Australia, succeeded in grabbing our attention.
The Highway to Hell tram tour celebrates the short but significant life of the rocking Aussies’ original lead singer and lyricist, Bon Scott.
The brains behind the tribute, Jon Tomkins of Fremantle Tram Tours, reveals it was the recent erecting of a statue in Fishing Boat Harbour in the singer’s hometown (pictured above) that provided the impetus to turn a long held idea into reality.
“We have researched Bon’s early life in Fremantle and this is the focus of the tour,” explains Tomkins. “Along the way we take in his childhood home, both primary and high schools, the old Fremantle Prison, the place where he learnt to play the bagpipes and drums, and obviously the grave site in Fremantle Cemetery - Australia’s most visited grave and the only “non-building” on the Australian Heritage Register.”
The live driver commentary touches on Scott’s skirmishes with law, his early bands The Specktors and The Valentines and also looks to dispel a lot of commonly held myths.
On 19 February 1980, just as AC/DC looked set to break America, the Scottish-born rock god was found dead in a car parked on a London street. Brian Johnson, former singer with glam rock band Geordie, was quickly recruited to take his place.
To enjoy a slice of Bon in his pomp, click here.