New Statue Of Brian Johnson Unveiled In Belgium

17 April 2023 | 10:15 am | Mary Varvaris

"Now that you’ve built this statue, honestly, I’m not worthy of it, but thank you. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me.”

(Pic by Markus Ravik)

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Bon Scott has a statue in Fremantle, and now Brian Johnson has one in Namur, Belgium.

Johnson’s statue in the city of Namur represents the first time the AC/DC singer performed with the band on 29 June 1980 at the music venue Palais Des Expositions.

AC/DC fans Michel Remy, Mike Davister and Georges Boussingault joined forces with the national radio station RTBF Classic 21 to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to install the statue (with remarkable likeness to Johnson) ultimately created by the company Design Stone, per Blabbermouth.

In the video below, Johnson thanked “all the donors, the fans, in Namur” for the statue. 

He continued, “It’s a very special place for me - it was the first night I sang with AC/DC. I was a very nervous boy, so that memory will stick with me forever. Now that you’ve built this statue, honestly, I’m not worthy of it, but thank you. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me.”

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Check out some pictures of the statue below.

On 7 May, Fremantle will host the free AC/DC tribute festival, High Voltage.

Some acts playing on seven flatbed trucks include punk-rock outfit Body Type, Diesel, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, Dan Sultan, Katy Steele and many more. The performances will occur across a 5 km circuit, passing the Bon Scott statue along the way. 

Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge told PerthNow, “We all remember how great Highway to Hell was in 2020, and we can’t wait to recreate that experience with High Voltage coming this May.

“Fremantle is the perfect destination for this event as the spiritual home of Bon Scott — he grew up here, attended North Fremantle Primary School and John Curtin School of the Arts and was buried at the Fremantle Cemetery.”

High Voltage is a state-owned event delivered by Tourism WA and produced by Perth Festival's new out-of-season Special Projects arm and supported by the City of Fremantle that’s expected to become an annual event, with thousands of people projected to attend this year’s festival.

A new statue of Brian Johnson was unveiled in Namur Belgium today. This is where AC/DC played their first show with Brian. Cheers 🍻

Posted by The AC/DC Family! on Sunday, April 16, 2023

Inauguration de la statue of Brian Johnson à Namur. 1980-06-29, I was there.

Posted by Vincent Deschoenmaeker on Sunday, April 16, 2023