By Igor Miranda
AC / DC has bravely resisted several casualties in its formation in recent years. The problems were overcome with the recent returns of vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams, but the three came to be out of the band, for different reasons, over the decade – apart from the death of guitarist Malcolm Young, in 2017.
Brian Johnson was removed from part of the “Rock or Bust” tour because of hearing problems. Phil Rudd got involved with the New Zealand Justice and stayed out of the entire tour. Cliff Williams completed the shows, but said he would retire after the last scheduled date. Malcolm Young, affected by dementia, had already left the group in 2014 and was replaced by Stevie Young, his nephew and Angus Young.
At one point, after the “Rock or Bust” tour, there was only Angus Young left from the band’s most enduring lineup, which existed between 1980 and 1983 and from 1994 to 2014. Stevie also remained, but the musician only entered after Malcolm’s departure. Axl Rose and Chris Slade were just replacements for Johnson and Rudd, respectively.
Why, then, did AC / DC not announce that it would end its activities after the end of the “Rock or Bust Tour”? In an interview with SiriusXM radio, with a transcript of Ultimate Guitar, Angus Young briefly explained the whole process and what was the idea behind not decreeing the end of the band.
“I just keep doing it. It’s a part of me. It’s from my perspective. I like to make music for AC / DC and play those songs,” he said initially.
Angus pointed out that he has played this role for so many years that you cannot imagine yourself outside AC / DC. “I think I know what to do more than anyone else (with respect to AC / DC). I think I even know more about it than I have learned in all my school years,” he said.
The guitarist subsequently denied that his brother Malcolm left recordings for the band’s new album, “Power Up”, which will be released on November 13. However, he confirmed that the late musician is co-author of all tracks on the disc.
“Malcolm’s contribution is mainly in the ideas of songs, which he created with me. It is basically Malcolm’s contribution to the whole album. He was there in spirit and you will always feel him. He is there, especially with me. He is part of of my thoughts. I’m always thinking about him, just as everyone is, “he said.
Finally, Angus Young said that work on the new AC / DC album started in mid-2018. “Our management people contacted us in 2018 asking if I would like to make an album. I had a lot of material done together with Malcolm, on which we’ve worked with over the years. So I thought, yes, I’m going to put these ideas together and see who wants to be a part of this and go into the studio, ”he said.
It was from there that the pieces came back together: Brian Johnson was recovering his hearing, Phil Rudd was no longer involved with the Justice and Cliff Williams would return if the other two returned. “It was great because everyone wanted to be involved: Brian, Cliff, Phil, Stevie and me. It was great to be able to get back together and make some new rock and roll songs for the world to hear,” he said.
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