AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young opened up about the time when the second lead vocalist Bon Scott passed away, and apparently, he and his late brother Malcolm Young had to decide whether they should continue with AC/DC or not.
As you may recall, Bon Scott has been the second lead vocalist and lyricist of AC/DC from 1974 until his death on February 19, 1980. After a night out in London, Scott passed away while he was only 33 years old.
The band considered disbanding briefly after the loss of Scott, however, they released their seventh studio album ‘Back in Black’ only five months after Bon’s death as a tribute to him with vocalist Brian Johnson joining them.
Bon Scott is not the only deceased member of AC/DC, unfortunately, the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, and the brother of Angus Young, Malcolm Young also passed away on November 18, 2017, at the age of 64.
Malcolm Young had struggled with serious illness throughout his life, right after the Black Ice World Tour, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, luckily, was treated at an early stage and the cancer was removed. In 2014, Young had been diagnosed with dementia which was the ultimate cause of his death.
AC/DC’s first album after the death of Malcolm Young is their seventeenth studio album named ‘PWR/UP’ which was released on November 13, 2020. During a recent interview, Angus Young was asked about the feeling of making a new album without Malcolm. He also talked about how it felt making a new album, ‘PWR/UP,’ after a loss, similar to making ‘Back in Black’ after Bon Scott passed away.
Angus revealed that Malcolm had battled with tragedy and pain throughout his whole life and grew stronger with each incident. Young also revealed the time when Scott passed away, Malcolm was the one to call Angus in order to make music, however, neither of them knew what to do with AC/DC.
Angus also stated that the situation is pretty much the same since Malcolm is no longer with them, however, he expressed his feelings by stating that Malcolm would continue fighting and that’s what AC/DC has done.
Here is what Angus Young stated about the losses he had to struggle with:
“Yeah, well, I guess Malcolm himself was always somebody who – he battled on through a lot of crises, tragedy… He was such a strong personality. Even after Bon’s death, he called me up and said, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m just sitting at home.’ He said, ‘Well, let’s just get out there and do what we were doing before,’ which was making songs.
“So the two of us just went away and started working, and that’s how we dealt with it, that got us through, and then it was it up until the point we decided what we were going to do. We didn’t know whether we would continue as AC/DC or what, we didn’t know what was the future, so it was just a good way of getting through that whole period.
And it was pretty much the same with Malcolm not being there. I’d put his hat on and say, ‘Well, what would he do?’ – and I instantly knew what Malcolm would babble on.”
You can see the source of the interview here.