Angus Young, the co-founder and legendary lead guitarist of AC/DC, has talked about the seventh studio album of the band, ‘Back In Black,’ and disclosed a lesser-known fact about it, that is related to Bon Scott.
During the latest interview Young gave to Total Guitar, he has recounted the recording process of their iconic album ‘Back In Black’ and expressed how great it was to work with Bon Scott, who performed as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the band from 1974 until his death in 1980.
Said about Scott that he had more youth in him than people half his age, Angus Young revealed the fact that the final album they worked together with Bon Scott carries a deep meaning for them. Being a memorial, ‘Back In Black,’ was their dedication to Bon. The reason why the album cover was pure black and record starts with a bell ringing is symbolic, he said.
Bon Scott, who died at the age of 33, performed in several bands before AC/DC. He replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer in 1974. Their 1979 album ‘Highway to Hell‘ reached the top 20 in the United States, and the band seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough.
However, on 19 February 1980, Scott passed away after a night out in London. Shortly after Scott’s death, the remaining members of AC/DC briefly considered quitting. Yet, it was eventually decided that Scott would have wanted them to continue and with the Scott family’s encouragement, the band hired Brian Johnson as their new vocalist.
Here is what Angus Young said during the recent conversation when asked about the meaning of ‘Back In Black’ album:
“The whole ‘Back In Black‘ album was our dedication to Bon. That’s why the album cover was pure black, and why the album starts with a bell ringing, something sombre and different to anything else we’d done.”
He said about the recording process of ‘Back In Black’ by mentioning Bon:
“Bon wrote a little of the stuff, a week before he died. We started writing the music with Bon on drums. He was a drummer originally. He’d bang away while me and Malcolm worked out the riffs.
As a person, Bon stared death in the face a lot. The way he said it was, ‘One day you gotta go. You gotta be a stiff.’”
Young also recalled the time when Bon Scott joined the band:
“Bon joined us pretty late in his life, but that guy had more youth in him than people half his age. That was how he thought, and I learned from him. Bon used to say to me, ‘Whatever I do, you don’t.’”
You can check out the rest of the interview here.