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Hells Bells shoot to thrill
Hells Bells shoot to thrill

The legend of Bon Scott is alive and well and to celebrate what would have been the Aussie rocker’s 66th birthday, Hells Bells - A Salute to AC/DC will hold a double dose of Bon on July 6 and 7 at Pace Road Tavern in Medina.

Hells Bells will play a different set of Bon Scott songs only each night and will be supported by two acts each night who will be adding to the celebration with their own covers of Bon Scott classics.

Mal Osborne plays guitar with Hells Bells and said one of the reasons people still love and celebrate Bon was his enduring spirit.

‘‘He’s the epitome of the Aussie battler—he just stuck at it,’’ he said.

‘‘The first few bands that he played in were doing it pretty tough back then. They played things like youth club halls, dances and things like that, but they kept in there until the right opportunity came along. ’’

Osborne said Bon Scott had a history in Kwinana and locals loved his association with the town.

‘‘I believe he played in Kwinana in The Spektors at the Kwinana Youth Club in around about 1965 or ‘66 which I found out just recently,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of people will lay claim to him actually being from Kwinana, but he was more of a Hilton boy.

‘‘I think it’s pretty romantic. Everyone wants to lay claim to Bon.

The amount of people that come up and tell me that they sat next to him at school—I just want to know how big those classes were back then.’’

Hells Bells will be joined by Vamp, The Sure Fire Midnights, Waiting 4 Andy and Gombo over the two nights, which will also feature a short film about Bon Scott.

Memorabilia will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Strike-A-Chord foundation.

Tickets are $15 pre-sale available from or $20 on the door. Discounted $10 Saturday night tickets can be bought at the Friday show.

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