AC/DC co-founder Angus Young and Brian Johnson who became the third lead singer of the band after Bon Scott’s death were the latest interview guest of ‘Apple Music Essentials Radio’s Zane Lowe and talked about their classic songs as well as how did they cope with Bon Scott’s unexpected death.
As you might already recall, Bon Scott was one of the most iconic figures of Australian music history and the lead vocalist of the AC/DC from until his death. Unfortonutaley, he passed away from this world due to alcohol poisoning back in 1980 and his death was ruled as death by misadventure by the authorities.
In their latest interview, Angus Young and Brian Johnson have recalled the days after Bon Scott’s death and how did the band was affected. According to Angus, the whole AC/DC family members have been affected in different ways and the thing that held him back was the phone call of his brother and also the rhythm guitarist of the band, Malcolm Young.
Angus has shared the details of the phone call and how Malcolm has managed to gather the AC/DC members to record something new after the tragic death of Bon Scott.
Here is what Angus Young said:
“It was like it put you in shock because you always kind of think the people around you and being young, you have that thing of you’re almost kind of fearless and a little bit of… I don’t know what it is when you’re in your youth — you don’t think of dying. And so it was a kind of a shock to us all and it affected everyone in different ways.
But the one element of it that held it probably together for me is Malcolm because after a few weeks, he called me and he said, ‘What are you doing?’ And I just said, ‘I’m just moping about it, Mal.’ And he said, ‘Listen, why don’t the two of us do what we were doing before?’, which was we’d been in a rehearsal room.
It’s strange — that was one of the last places that we had seen Bon, was in the rehearsal room. And he said, ‘Why don’t the two of us go back to that and just work on songs and ideas and just sit and do that?'”
“And I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a shot.’ So that’s what the two of us did that kept us going through the whole process, because he said, ‘We won’t think of anything. We’ll just do that. We won’t think of what we’re going to do. We’ll shut off managers and record people and whatnot. We just shut all of that away and just concentrate on, focus on doing these song ideas.’ And that’s what we did.”
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