BonFest Freo salutes AC/DC frontman Scott with alleged son

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Dave Stevens.
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DAVE Stevens says he is Bon Scott’s son and doesn’t need a DNA test to prove it.

“I’m not curious, I know I am his son,” Stevens said.

“No one who has met me has doubted it.”

The 50-year-old St Kilda singer-bassist and former record store owner never met his alleged father, who died in London in 1980.

He was adopted by a Geelong family as a baby and went on to track down his birth mother at 21.

And when he did finally meet her, she had a fascinating story to share.

His birth mother, who died two years ago, declared he was the son of the Fremantle legend and former AC/DC frontman.

She said she had had a one-night stand with Scott, a then member of The Valentine’s, in Sydney in 1967 before falling pregnant.

“Lots of things went through my mind when she told me this, but when I thought about it, it made sense,” Stevens said.

“I’d always been obsessed with music (The Beatles, not AC/DC) and had played in bands since I was 13.

“My looks too – it just made sense.”

Despite not having paternal proof, Stevens emphatically believes Scott is his father.

Many people do, according to Stevens, including Scott’s brother Graeme.

“I don’t see the point in getting a DNA test because it’s usually about getting a financial reward or something like that – I’m not after anything,” Stevens said.

“But who knows: if someone ordered me to do it, I’d do it.”

Stevens comes to Perth later this month for BonFest Freo – a month-long festival celebrating Scott – performing at the main Jailbreak Concert event and taking part in a Q and A.

He is also writing a book, scheduled for publication in October.

“I sound like Bon a little bit. I don’t attempt to copy him – I just sing and it comes out how it comes out,” Stevens said.

“I don’t really use Bon’s name but when I had the record shop (Pure Pop Records in St Kilda) I used it to attract overseas artists to play at my venue, but that’s as far as it goes.

“Sonic Youth played; I wouldn’t have gotten them if I wasn’t Bon Scott’s son.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Bonfest Freo

When: Jailbreak Concert on February 17 at Fremantle Prison

Tickets: bonfestfreo.com