AC/DC's Former Manager Remembers BON SCOTT

Vince Lovegrove, an Australian music manager, journalist, television producer, AIDS awareness pioneer and musician who briefly managed AC/DC (with Bon Scott as vocalist) in the early 1970s, has penned the following article for

"Bon Scott was desperate for success, almost 28, and had not reached the fame and fortune he desired.

"The pressure was on and he felt trapped, frustrated, almost too old and without direction.

"About 11pm on May 3, 1974, at the Old Lion Hotel in North Adelaide, during a rehearsal with the MOUNT LOFTY RANGERS, a very drunk, distressed and belligerent Bon Scott had a raging argument with a member of the band. Bon stormed out of the venue, threw a bottle of Jack Daniels on to the ground, then screamed off on his Suzuki 550 motorbike.

"Three hours later, I received a phone call from his wife, Irene, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Bon was in a coma, near death, after a disastrous collision with a car.

"I drove to the hospital, and there was Bon as I had never seen him; limp, smashed to smithereens, his jaw wired, most of his teeth knocked out, a broken collar bone, several cracked and broken ribs, deep cuts across his throat. He was in a coma for three days. He remained in hospital for 18 days.

"This happened before Bon was to find fame with AC/DC. Irene tells me that, before Bon went into the coma that night, the nurse sarcastically said to her: 'He says he's a singer.'"

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