A new book about the life of legendary AC/DC frontman Bon Scott suggests the singer was planning to leave the band before his tragic death in 1980 at age 33.
In Bon: The Last Highway — The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black, author Jesse Fink interviews a friend of Scott's by the name of Roy Allen.
Allen, a Texas native, befriended Scott in 1977, reports Pulse of Radio (via Blabbermouth). He recalled a phone call from the frontman in late 1979, as AC/DC's Highway to Hell tour was coming to an end.
"Roy, I want to come to Texas," Scott reportedly said to Allen in the phone call. "I'm coming into a good bit of money soon. I've had it: the living on the road, the shows, the drinking. I'm ready to leave the band. I've got to get out."
Scott reportedly continued, "It's all killin' me and I know it. I want to know if I came to Texas, I could stay with you. We could try quit drinking together."
Allen told Fink that Scott seemed troubled during their call and he wishes he had called him back; they never spoke again.
"I would have done anything if I could have got back hold of him," Allen said.
Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning on February 19, 1980, in London following a writing session with his AC/DC bandmates Malcolm and Angus Young and a night of heavy drinking.
Bon: The Last Highway — The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black is available everywhere next Tuesday.
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