Hands down, Bon Scott is one of the greatest frontmen to ever set foot on a stage. Sly, cheeky and a little bit dangerous, he had charisma to burn and it was impossible to take your eyes off him. He always looked like he was having the time of his life and he made you want to be a part of it.
Then there was his amazing voice – bratty and gruff with a bright edge that cut through even the dirtiest mix, Bon’s howling and yowling gave every note a pure rock and roll intensity. The only other singer I can compare him to is Little Richard, not so much in the tone of his voice but more in the raw honesty and his fierce individuality. Just like Little Richard, Bon Scott was one of a kind.
Yes, Bon was an incredible singer and performer but, more than that, he was also a brilliant songwriter. Bon’s inspired melodies set off Malcolm Young’s epic guitar riffs perfectly as they danced around and bounced off each other. As the old saying goes, this was a match made in heaven, even if Bon’s lyrics insisted they were a highway to hell. Ah, Bon’s brilliant lyrics! They are probably the least discussed facet of his talent but, for my money, they were his greatest strength. Hilarious, outrageous, audacious, you could always tell there had been a twinkle in Bon’s eye as he wrote them and his wicked intellect was also apparent in the way he sang them. “Dirty deeds…ow-ooh! …done dirt cheap.” Unforgettable.
Bon Scott – what a character – what a performer – what a fucking legend!