Friday, October 3, 2014
AC/DC's Brian Johnson Opens Up About Band's First Sessions Without Founding Member Malcolm Young
Within the past week rumors of AC/DC founding member rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young having to retire due to dementia were sadly confirmed by members of his family. That being said, for AC/DC's upcoming album (titled Rock or Bust, which will be released December 2nd) there was a big emotional change with the replacement of Malcolm and lead guitarist Angus Young's nephew Steven Young according to vocalist Brian Johnson.
In a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Johnson said:
“We missed Malcolm, obviously. Stevie was magnificent in his stead, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you, and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. I’m sure he was rooting for us the whole time we were over in Canada.”
According to Johnson, the track Man Down from the upcoming album will act as a tribute to Malcolm. “It’s from the heart. That’s just the way I am. Some of the guys thought it might be a bit negative — but I like that title.”, says Johnson.
Rock or Bust will be AC/DC's first release of new material since 2008's Black Ice album. It is a sad shame that this tragedy has befallen the band and the Young family overall. As a young teenager it was Malcolm Young's riffs that got me amped and totally psyched to listen to and learn to play rock n' roll. I'm sure the boys in AC/DC have done the absolute best they can to pay tribute to their ailing brother. I know I'll definitely be buying a copy of the new album when it comes out.