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Bon Scott Inspired Character Finds AC/DC Home

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As we enter the final 3/7ths of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps today’s episode is a momentous one in many ways. Not only do the Werewolf of Ozzers enter the magical rock decades 1960s to 1990s world of KerangKerrang for thirteen chapters/episodes, but one of the most important characters leaves, and the travelling quintet become a quartet once more.

Bon Scott, AC/DC and Wizard of Oz 

English: Bon Scott in Grenoble, December 10 19...
English: Bon Scott in Grenoble, December 10 1979. Français : Bon Scott lors d’un concert d’AC/DC à Grenoble le 10 décembre 1979. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This episode is paralleled in the human world by Bon Scott passing away in 1980, and the AC/DC rock group he’d played a big part in elevating to rock giantdom recording a Back in Black memorial album with Brian Johnson.

The Bonzo character in Werewolf of Oz parallels Toto in Wizard of Oz. Toto of course completed the journey.

So Bonzo’s story resembles Bon’s more than Toto’s.

Chapter 81.  Ghost Dog Bonzo Finds AC/DC Back in Black

There was a time-machine at the entrance to Kerang-Kerrang, and you could choose a decade to enter. The 1980s looked an exciting time, with the magazine-town being built and developed on a surge of metal euphoria. So we entered then.

Kerrang magazines.

Kerang-Kerrang Born too Late for Bon Scott

We had an eerie introduction to 1980s Kerang-Kerrang, walking through an arid barren region populated by just one gravestone. It reminded me of a scene out of a spaghetti western.

When we reached the gravestone I read out the inscription ‘Ronald (Bon) Scott, born 1946, died 1980.’ The next thing, Bonzo keeled over.

Bon Scott's gravestone
Bon Scott’s gravestone (Photo credit: delboy1203)

We revived Bonzo, and I asked if he knew what happened to him. He said he’d had a rush of déjà-vu when he saw the grave; as if it held some significance to his past. He’d felt an urge to dig into it, but had tried fighting it, and then his legs had given way beneath him.

AC/DC begin the Kerrang Construction

When Bonzo was steady on his paws we continued toward the first constructions in Kerang-Kerrang.

The first was a black house featuring a big mural of AC/DC’s Angus Young on the front. I was admiring it with the others, until noticing Bonzo wasn’t with us. I looked around, and poor Bonzo was on the ground again.

Bon Scott and Brian Johnson Meet

English: BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC on Nove...
English: BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC on November 23, 2008 in St. Paul, MN PHOTO BY MATT BECKER melodicrockconcerts@gmail.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man wearing a flat-cap emerged and exclaimed Hell’s Bells. He introduced himself as Brian and asked what was wrong with Bonzo. We told him it was the second time it had happened today, and Bonzo’d said he’d had a sense of déjà-vu the first time. Brian said he’d go and get some food and drink. He returned with a beer and bone, and after reviving Bonzo told him to ‘Have a Drink on Me, and chew on this bone.’

Somebody shouted from the house asking him what he was doing, and he replied that he had Given the Dog a Bone. He then asked Bonzo if he could Shake a Leg, and when Bonzo showed he could, he invited us all into the house.

It was rocking in there, and a revitalised Bonzo soon became the life and soul of the party.

Bye-Bye Bonzo

You Shook Me All Night Long
You Shook Me All Night Long (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bonzo and the householders got on so well that they asked him to stay. Having recently remembered his upbringing in nearby Melbourne, Bonzo decided that he had found his place to settle.

We were all sad to be parting from Bonzo, but understood his reasons, and stayed until the morning to make a night of it. As we waved goodbye to Bonzo and the rest of them, they sang us off with: You Shook Me All Night Long.

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Notes

Spaghetti westerns often have dramatic graveyard scenes, such as the concluding gunfight in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
AC/DC album and songs: Back in Black, Have a Drink on Me, Given the Dog a Bone, Shake a Leg, You Shook Me All Night Long.
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Bon Scott AC/DC and Rose Tattoo Rock Music History

Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, history expert at the Greenygrey. Regular readers of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps might be wondering about Grey’s travelling partners’ human parallels’ rock n’ roll past, now that Angry has joined Bonzo, Elle and Grey on the dust sandy path.

Bon Scott 33rd Anniversary 

Bon Scott
Cover of Bon Scott

Last week marked the 33rd anniversary of Bon Scott’s untimely passing away at age 33. AC/DC were just starting to make it big on the worldwide stage, which made the tragedy all the more cruel. While AC/DC have continued to make great music with Brian Johnson taking over vocal duties, their rawest and most inventive music was found on the Bon Scott albums.

The good news about the Bon Scott life story was that he had time to live a full life and create several albums worth of great music; achieving top ten chart success in AC/DC’s birthplace Australia; well as touring the world living the rock n’ roll life he loved.

The reissue of four old Bon Scott AC/DC songs together with the release of Touch Too Much from the newly finished Bon Scott AC/DC’s Highway to Hell album brought the band their first Top Forty UK singles.

AC/DC Influence on British Rock 

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

Marc Latham was a youth looking for a musical tribe at the time, with Britain divided into distinct musical cultures such as punks, skinheads, hippies and rockers.

The peak of Blondie and New Wave was waning and he wanted something with more identity. He toyed with Two-Tone, liking some Madness and Specials, but it didn’t quite grab him.

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was getting media coverage; with the barbarian look, sound and attitude appealing to Marc. Together with the raw sounds of Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, Rainbow charted with a couple of great songs from their Down to Earth album.

Cover of "Highway to Hell (Dlx)"
Cover of Highway to Hell (Dlx)

When Marc heard the AC/DC songs released around the time of Bon Scott’s passing it made his mind up. He became a staunch rock and metal fan for the next fifteen years.

Although he sold many of his old albums, he still has all the Bon Scott AC/DC LPs. He also still has the first three Rose Tattoo LPs.

Australian Legends Bon Scott and Angry Anderson

To mark the recent Bon Scott anniversary Classic Rock magazine provided a great long article about his life and the night of his passing, which is available from the above link.

Angry Anderson "Rose Tattoo"
Angry Anderson “Rose Tattoo” (Photo credit: Rossco ( Image Focus Australia ))

It features Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo; Angry’s human parallel; saying that Bon was the only one he invited to sing with the Tatts.

So, as Bonzo and Angry travel with Grey across Oz, they were also sharing stages in 1970s Australia.

Bon Scott Last Night Controversy

I thought I might have unearthed the definitive version of what happened to Bon on his last night in that Classic Rock article, but then saw in the comments that it was an old article, and Bon’s mysterious partying partner that night had been found, and given his version to Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.

Classic Rock replied that the old article had been updated, and that Bon’s partying partner had only spoken through a third party.

So the controversy will roll on. Thankfully, so will Bon’s great rock n’ roll…

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Rocking Festival with Cervantes Creations and Quokkas

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Yesterday’s good news about Grey’s poem from its Werewolf of Oz book has inspired us to post another episode up today. Here it is:

16.  ROCKING IT AT THE ROCK-IT FESTIVAL IN PERTH 

Sancho and Don said they were off to the Rock-It festival in Perth, and invited me along. I jumped at the chance; metaphorically of course, because I was in the car at the time.

Cervantes (J. Vancell)
Cervantes (J. Vancell) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I felt like I needed a bit of fun after a tough time in Latham, and they seemed to be in the same situation having just escaped Cervantes.

Rock-It Festival in Perth

We had difficulty finding the Joondalup area where Rock-It is held, and had to do a loop around the neck of the Swan River. However, once we entered the festival it really rocked.

Tracer started the day off for us with some fantastic space rock. They were followed by a storming Airbourne set, and a great slide-guitar fuelled bluesy show by Rose Tattoo. Brian Johnson era AC/DC played a solid set, and nicely warmed us up for a sensational Bon Scott era AC/DC bad boy boogie headlining show.

Relaxing on Rotto: Rottnest Island

We were hot and sweaty after the show, so we headed out to Rottnest Island; or Rotto as it’s known locally. There was certainly nothing rotten about it, and we enjoyed the beautiful beaches on the unspoilt island.

We were joined by some quirky quokkas: animals that are to kangaroos what greenygreys are to werewolves. They were lots of fun, and provided great company before we fell asleep under the rising sun.

Three quokkas—two adults and a juvenile, presu...
Three quokkas—two adults and a juvenile, presumably a family unit—interact at Bathurst, Rottnest Island, Western Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Notes

Quokka – a small macropod (marsupial family Macropodidae) about the size of a domestic cat.
Rock-It Festival in Perth.
Tracer, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, AC/DC (Aussie bands).
Bon Scott and Brian Johnson (AC/DC vocalists).

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Tracer Chaser Leads to Double Discovery of Relevancy

Hi, it’s Green. We heard a good song by Australian band Tracer on Planet Rock, so we thought we’d look them up. Our first interesting discovery was that their debut album is called Spaces In Between, which reminded us of the Folding Mirror poetry form.

Tracer Spaces in Between

And then we went to their Mascot label’s website, and the Cool Green Recordings has a greenygrey layout. How cool!

We have checked with the Werewolf of Oz, and it turns out they played at the Rock-It Festival, so we’ve added them to the book of the blog we’re editing at the moment:

Tracer started the day off for us with some fantastic space rock. They were followed by a storming Airbourne set, and a great slide guitar fuelled bluesy show by Rose Tattoo. Brian Johnson era AC/DC played a solid set, and nicely warmed us up for a sensational Bon Scott era AC/DC bad boy boogie headlining show.

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