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Play About AC/DC’s Bon Scott’s Life to Open in Australia

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AC/DC frontman Bon Scott may have passed away over 30 years ago, but we still can’t get the singer out of our minds. Scott was an icon who left his indelible mark on the rock ‘n’ roll canon. Now, the stuff of Scott’s life will serve as the source material for a play, ‘Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott,’ which will run in Australia beginning this July. The play will chronicle the singer’s early years and his rise to fame. Scott died at the tender age of 33 from acute alcohol poisoning after a particularly heavy night of drinking, and the details of his death have long been a part of rock lore.

Australian singer-songwriter Nick Barker, a longtime AC/DC fan [not to be confused with the former Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir drummer of the same name], will step into Scott’s boots and behind his microphone for the play. As a dedicated fan, Barker is portraying Scott in the most respectful way possible and wants to honor Scott’s memory and legacy rather than sensationalize his tragic death. Barker told Undercover.FM that “the impact that AC/DC had on me as a teenager was huge. Even growing up as a musician I spent a lot of my time playing in pubs and AC/DC was the benchmark. Bon Scott is an Australian icon as much as Ned Kelly. We’re doing his show with the humility and truth that it deserves.”

The play will open at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on July 12th.


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