Exclusive Australian Story episode unravels the legend, life and untimely death of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott 
09.05.2022

Exclusive Australian Story episode unravels the legend, life and untimely death of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott 

Bon Scott of AC/DC. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Bon Scott was set to become an international rock star with AC/DC when he died suddenly in 1980. Now for the first time, his family and friends open up about his vulnerabilities and state of mind leading up to his untimely death.

In a world exclusive, the life and death of legendary AC/DC frontman Bon Scott will be afforded new insights as the ABC explores in tonight’s episode of Australian Story.

Introduced by Brian Johnson, Bon’s successor with the band, the episode has been dubbed a “world exclusive” with the ABC having been granted access to Bon’s family and friends, who provide fresh insights into his vulnerabilities and state of mind leading up to his untimely death in London in 1980.

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The program features the first interview with Bon’s younger brother Derek and with the driver of the car that almost killed the rocker in a motorbike accident in Adelaide back in 1974.  Jimmy Barnes, John Brewster of The Angels, and Johnny Young of “Young Talent Time” will also feature speaking in the exclusive.

Bruce Howe, a former bandmate who shared a house with Bon for five years, noticed a big change when he last saw him in late 1979.

“He wasn’t bubbly and laughing. Maybe he’d come to the state where he’d achieved his dream, he found his holy grail, but found that his holy grail might have looked like an empty goblet,” he told the program.

To this day, Bon Scott is considered one of the world’s best rock and roll singers. Fronting AC/DC from 1974 – a band renowned as the biggest and best guitar-based band in the world – very few are capable of recreating that certain sonic power and the late Bon Scott.

“I don’t think there’s a singer in the world that can hold their own against him,” Jimmy Barnes says.

The Scott documentary will be essential viewing for fans of AC/DC and rock music in general.

The program airs tonight, Monday May 9, at 8pm AEST on ABCTV, iView, and YouTube.