By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
My all-time favorite rock singers are mostly ones who have never been afraid to scream. The ones who would gladly sing a little out-of-tune for the sake of showing some raw emotion. The Roger Daltreys and David Bowies of the world.
The late Bon Scott, formerly of AC/DC, is certainly in that class. He earned his reputation as a little fireball who lit up the stage with his presence during his brilliant career. He was diminutive, but he was larger-than-life. His singing was spot-on, and he commanded your attention like few other frontmen could. The above concert clip of “Whole Lotta Rosie” shows what made early AC/DC shows so riveting.
SEE ALSO – RIP Bon Scott: What’s the Legacy of the Former AC/DC Frontman?
And best of all, he gave the band an identity, one that Brian Johnson has continued all the way to today. Angie C. said it best in an email with me today:
For me, Bon Scott is the vocal architect. He crafted this brilliant structure we know as AC/DC…and then he left. This magnificent structure has been added on to over the years…additions here…new paint there…a few modern day plumbing upgrades, but essentially, it’s the house that Scott built. It is one of the only bands that didn’t really suffer in the loss of a key member in the history of rock & roll. I feel Brian [Johnson] simply picked up the torch and ran. It’s hard, solid, and rarely strays from the original design. If you love AC/DC..you ALWAYS love AC/DC. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.–just my two cents.
Well we’ve shared our opinions on Bon Scott. What’s yours? Share your thoughts in the comments.