Bon Scott’s Final TV Appearance with AC/DC

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One of the most blistering footage ever seen.


It was almost the end for AC/DC, but it didn’t turn out that way. The date of February 1980 was a big and tragic thing for the band. They were just starting to prepare for a new album and do the groundwork for Back In Black. But the news was crucifying that almost ended their career – Bon Scott was found dead inside his Renault 5 in the street near his residency in South London on February 19th, 1980. Several speculations lurked around regarding how he died, but none of them were proven.

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Bon Scott, before his passing, managed to perform what is to be his final live gig with AC/DC on January 27th, 1980 in Southampton, U.K. The band were no longer a thing in Australia during those times – but became a big shot through U.S. crowds after releasing the album the Mutt Lange-produced smash, Highway to Hell that hit the Billboard Top 200. The album became a huge hit and reached the top twenty all the way through the top seventeen. After doing the gig  in Southampton, Bon Scott with AC/DC would appear on Top of the Pop’s on February 7th lipsynching to “Touch Too Much.”

A few days later the band visited Madrid to do a live appearance on “Aplauso,” a TV Music Program in Spain. They ripped their way on the show by doing a killer song, “Beating Around the Bush” (whose opening lick borrows a bit of fire from Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 single, “Oh Well”).

The host of the show translated introduction of AC/DC and the Final Appearance of Bon Scott can be read below:

“Today on TV Aplauso we receive a new group in Spain: AC/DC. They’re Australian and are considered as one of the best rock bands of the last generation without submitting themselves to the New-Wave or Punk. They’ve got a lot of fans in England and today for the first time in Spain, AC/DC!”

Keep going for the final TV Appearance of Bon Scott down below: