Perth’s actual Highway To Hell, the Canning Highway, will become the stage for a tribute to the city’s most famous son, former AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
As part of the Perth Festival for 2020 a 10 kilometre stretch of the Canning Highway will feature several acts on flatbed trucks performing the music of AC/DC along the deadly stretch of highway between Fremantle and Perth.
Japan’s Shonen Knife, Finland’s Steve ‘n’ Seagulls and Australia’s Amyl and the Sniffers are some of the act who will join in for the tribute.
Bon Scott wrote Highway To Hell about the freeway which stretches from Fremantle to a bar called Raffles, a well-known rock and roll bar in the 70s.
The highway dips just near the offramp to Raffles which is described in the lyrics “no stop signs, speed limits, nobody gonna slow me down”.
The Canning Highway was nicknamed the Highway To Hell because of the number of road deaths by people on the way to a night out at Raffles. Scott was a regular at Raffles when he was living in Fremantle. “Ain’t nothing I would rather do. Going down, party time, my friends are gonna be there too,” he sings in the classic song, detailing his drive to Raffles.
AC/DC performed ‘Highway To Hell’ at the Grammy Awards in 2015.
‘Highway to Hell’ was also used in an episode of Family Guy in the episode where Peter was banish by the Amish.