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Bon But Not Forgotten at Charles Hotel

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Bon Scott, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson, The Angeles, rock, Charles Hotel,
Happy birthday Bon Scott: members of Rose Tattoo, The Angels and AC/DC perform a special tribute gig on July 4.

While America is busy celebrating Independence Day, some of Australia's best-known rockers are coming together to pay tribute to AC/DC frontman Bon Scott on July 4.

From 8pm at North Perth's Charles Hotel, former members of The Angels, Rose Tattoo and even AC/DC are joining forces to celebrate what would have been Bon Scott's 69th birthday (okay, technically his birthday is July 9 but they wanted to do a weekend gig) in an event dubbed Bon But Not Forgotten.

It's going to be non-stop, chock-a-block, full of Oz rock with the good, the bad and the angry… Angry Anderson, that is.

Bon Scott, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson, The Angeles, rock, Charles Hotel,
Angry Anderson and Rose Tattoo are leading the charge at the Bon But Not Forgotten gig.

Yes, Rose Tattoo with their legendary tattooed, bald-headed singer will deliver a bonza set of their classics, followed by a set of Acca-Dacca numbers from when Bon was out front.

Rock music historian Ian McFarlane describes Angry Anderson: "Over the course of a lengthy career, [the] gravel-throated vocalist... has gone from attention-grabbing, rock'n'roll bad boy to all-round Australian media star."

Performing for more than 40 years, Angry has also appeared in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Bullamakanka, Fat Pizza and Bogan Hunters and his band, Rose Tattoo, were inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bon Scott, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson, The Angeles, rock, Charles Hotel, statue, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, Cicerello's
The famous Bon Scott statue in Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour, opposite Cicerello's.

Bon Scott was the epitome of rock'n'roll. As the lead singer and co-lyricist of AC/DC (1974-80), he was also the quintessential Fremantle boy, growing up in the port city before cementing his name in rock. Little wonder, then, that a statue of Bon with his mike stands proud in Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour. His grave in Fremantle Cemetery, listed by the National Trust, is the most visited in Australia.

No one knows this better than bass player Mark Evans, who was an early member of AC/DC who played on the albums TNT, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and '74 Jailbreak.

Playing as part of Bon But Not Forgotten, Mark has also performed in Swanee and The Party Boys and wrote the autobiography Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC.

Bon Scott, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson, The Angels, rock, Charles Hotel, James Morley
The Angels with James Morley on the far right.

Also performing at Bon's birthday gig are:
Bob Spencer, the man who replaced Red Symonds in Skyhooks I 1977 and later joined The Angels in 1986.
James Morley, bass player with The Angels from 1989, who featured on their double-platinum Beyond Salvation album.
Drummer Yak Sherrit, a founding member of the Perth-based Innocent Bystanders, who went on to form Johnny Diesel & The Injectors.
Dai Pritchard, the guitarist of choice for Jimmy Barnes, Glen Shorrock, Olivia Newton-John and Billy Thorpe.
Lead singer of Melbourne-based Destroy She Said, Simon McCulloch, who is described as having an "uncanny natural resemblance" to Bon Scott in his voice.
Hail Mary, a hard rock band from Perth, are support act for the gig.

As former Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri notes: "Bon Scott is a favourite son and it's a classic story… he came from humble beginnings and he did great things. His work with AC/DC brought international attention to an Australian band, as well as highlighting Bon's links with Fremantle. I have the original It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock'n'Roll) on vinyl and used it for my election campaign when I first ran for council in 1983 at the age of 23."

Tickets for Bon But Not Forgotten are $39.50 (includes GST and booking fee) – book at The Charles Hotel is at 509 Charles Street, North Perth.

Bon Scott, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson, The Angels, rock, Charles Hotel,
The late Bon Scott, as he appeared on a poster for an exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre several years ago.
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Why? It's a night of legendary Aussie rock musos playing tribute to perhaps one of the greatest-ever Aussie rock singers.
When: 8pm, Saturday, July 4
Where: Charles Hotel, 509 Charles Street, North Perth
Cost: $39.50
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