Bon Scott , the late AC/DC singer who fronted the band from 1974 to 1980, vents about financial struggles, hard drinking and the band’s grueling tour schedule in a handwritten August 1978 letter headed to auction. The note, addressed to his sister Valerie and set to start at a $6,000 bid, will be sold January 31st via Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, California.
Scott wrote the letter during a stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the U.S. tour promoting their fifth LP, Powerage .
Some quotes from the letter:
Bon apologizes for being “pretty slack when it comes to letters & phone calls,” admitting, “I’m always travelling or drunk or hungover or…or…today I’m shaking so much I can hardly write.” He also reveals he had to stop making calls “when I got too much in the red with the money situation,” adding, “I’m already about $130 into this weeks wages but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day & that’s crazy.”
“But being crazy is about the only way to keep my sanity if you know what I mean,” continues Scott, who fronted AC/DC for six studio albums and one live LP before his death in February 1980. “We’ve worked so much since I saw you last that it’s all one hell of a blur. Must have been across the country & up & down it a million times & I’m beggining [sic] to feel & look just a little haggard. I’d love to check myself in to a sanitarium for a month but after this tour it’s straight to Europe & England for a month & then back here for the winter-end of the year so the next time you see me it might be in a geriatric ward. My hair looks like a busby but I’m just going to let it go on growing & be a hippy again for a while.”
- Don Stuck