Just months before Bon passed away in February 1980, AC/DC headlined Judas Priest on more than two dozen European dates on their Highway To Hell tour, starting in Brussels, Belgium, in early November 1979 and running through to Nice, France, in mid December that year.
K.K. Downing, Judas Priest's legendary guitarist from 1970–2011, remembers a different, little-known side of the hard-drinking, womanising rock 'n' roller that was the public Bon Scott: the Bon who was very, very attentive to his appearance.
‘Bon always presented himself as a gentleman,' he says. ‘He was always immaculate with his appearance. Even very early in the morning, to me he came across as a true professional and an ideal role model for any upcoming band.
‘All of the band treated us extremely well. I have nothing but very fond memories and appreciation to all members of AC/DC for making the tour as easy and as pleasurable as it was for us.'
Judas Priest enjoyed their breakthrough in the States with the 1982 album Screaming For Vengeance. As for any insights on whether Bon's lyrics ended up on AC/DC's biggest album, 1980's Back In Black, Downing plays a straight bat.
‘I am not able to comment as I am not familiar with that part of the band's history.'
BON: THE LAST HIGHWAY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BON SCOTT AND AC/DC'S BACK IN BLACK is available to preorder now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and hundreds of other retailers. Check out K.K.'s official website at kkdowning.net.
Jesse Fink is the author of Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black and The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. For more information about Bon, click HERE or click the book covers below to be directed to editions in your preferred territory and language.