Hoots mon! AC/DC aknowledged in Scottish Parliament
Member of the Scottish Parliament Christine Grahame has lodged a parliamentary motion calling for the achievements of AC/DC to be acknowledged.
Angus and Malcolm Young were both born in Glasgow, Scotland. Late vocalist Bon Scott was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, where there is a memorial plaque in his honour. (In fact, the only Australian-born member of AC/DC is drummer Phil Rudd.)
Grahame’s motion is called AC/DC We Salute You, and calls on the parliament to recognise the band’s Scottish roots; welcome their forthcoming performance in Scotland; and to acknowledge the inspiration the ‘Australian’ band have provided to Scottish musicians.
“It is clear Bon Scott had a strong sense of his identity, from the ‘Scotland forever’ tattoo he had on his arm to his playing the bagpipes on the AC/DC track It’s a Long Way To The Top,” she insists.
“I think they have long deserved official recognition from their homeland for that major musical contribution and my parliamentary motion will go some way towards recognising that.”
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Meanwhile, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has signed a deal to write his memoirs.
The singer has been recruited by Penguin Books to pen a collection of his ‘thoughts and anecdotes’, which he has been compiling over the years.
However, according to a recent interview Johnson gave to the Herald Tribune, fans should not expect a tale of pure rock’n'roll excess.
“I like humour a lot, and cars have been a big part of my life,” explained the singer. “I’m lucky enough that I’m able to buy some of the exotic ones. Instead of doing drugs, I did motorcars. I’m not sure which one is more expensive.”