Singer Bon Scott and guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC put on a show for the crowd circa 1977 in Hollywood, California. In the background can be seen rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and drummer Phil Rudd.

Bon Scott’s Tragic End: AC/DC’s First Manager Dispels Myths

Bon Scott’s untimely demise in February 1980 is a moment forever etched in rock history. Officially attributed to alcohol poisoning, his death has sparked numerous theories and speculations over the years, some suggesting the involvement of harder substances.

Bon Scott performs with AC/DC in Hollywood, 1977.

Debunking the Heroin Rumor: Michael Browning’s Perspective

Michael Browning, AC/DC’s original manager, sheds light on these rumors. While acknowledging Bon Scott’s use of “recreational drugs,” Browning remains skeptical about the involvement of heroin in Scott’s death. His insights, shared in the “Behind the Hits AC/DC” podcast, provide a more nuanced understanding of Scott’s lifestyle and the circumstances leading to his tragic passing.

AC/DC, with manager Michael Browning at the WEA offices, 1976.

Malcolm Young’s Rebuttal of a ‘Death Wish’

Malcolm Young, AC/DC’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist, was quick to refute any suggestions that Scott had a death wish. Young remembered Bon as “the happiest man in the world,” emphasizing the unexpected nature of his death. This perspective challenges the narrative of self-destructive behavior often associated with rock stars.

Malcolm Young of AC/DC performing October 9, 1980 at The Orpheum Theatre. Boston, MA.

“Behind The Hits”: The Impact of Scott’s Death on AC/DC

To delve deeper into the story of Bon Scott’s passing and its impact on AC/DC, “Behind the Hits” offers comprehensive insights. The podcast explores the emotional aftermath for the band members and addresses lingering questions about the authorship of songs from their subsequent album, “Back In Black”.

Behind the Hits: A Must-Listen AC/DC Special

This December marks the 50th anniversary of AC/DC’s first gig, and “Behind the Hits” celebrates this milestone with a 3-part series delving deep into the different eras of AC/DC’s remarkable career.

Episode 1 – AC/DC: The Bon Scott Era: This episode offers an exclusive look into the rockstar life of Bon Scott, one of Australia’s greatest frontmen. It features insights from AC/DC band members including Bon Scott himself, Angus and Malcolm Young, and Mark Evans.

Episode 2 – AC/DC: The Brian Johnson Era: Transitioning from the Bon Scott era, this episode explores the band’s evolution with Brian Johnson as the lead vocalist, marking a new chapter in their storied history.

Episode 3 – AC/DC: Beyond a Band of Brothers: The final episode delves into the band’s deep connections, exploring the dynamics that made them more than just a group of musicians.

Hear firsthand accounts from the band members and key industry figures like Iva Davies, Molly Meldrum, Michael Chugg, Michael Browning, Mark Opitz, and Fifa Riccobono. This series offers an unparalleled glimpse into the behind-the-scenes moments and pivotal events in the band’s journey.

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