During a recent conversation on 96.3 Red, AC/DC’s co-founder, and lead guitarist, Angus Young, talked about the band’s latest album ‘PWR/UP‘ and discussed how much Malcolm contributed to the making of the album even though he wasn’t physically there.
As you may recall, AC/DC released their 17th studio album ‘Power Up/PWR UP‘ back on November 13, 2020. The highly anticipated album achieved critical acclaim and ranked number 1 in almost twenty countries in just a few days. It also became the fastest-selling album of 2020 as 117,000 copies were sold within the first week of its release.
The album was created by Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Stevie Young, Phil Rudd, and Cliff Williams, but there was a secret hero who was the mastermind behind this epic album, and that was late Malcolm Young. As you know, Angus’s brother Malcolm Young was the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, songwriter, and backing vocalist of AC/DC.
He was a valuable member of the band since its formation in 1973 but had to retire in 2014 due to dementia. His health started deteriorating after that and he passed away on November 18, 2017. However, in his recent interview, Angus credited Malcolm as the mastermind behind their latest album.
Angus said that upon Malcolm’s passing, whenever he wrote music or created anything, he would think about Malcolm and how he would have wanted it to be. Angus stated that everything that he did, he did it for his beloved brother and always imagined Malcolm as his audience and his critic.
Here’s what Angus said in the interview:
“A lot of the songs come just before the last album. Prior to that album, Malcolm and I had a good few years off, and we were very busy, we got into a little studio, kept cranking out songs. And we had so many songs, even when we wrote [2008’s] ‘Black Ice‘ we just had boxes of songs.
And normally when you do an album, you go where you’ve been currently and what have you been working with. I just wanted to go back and see what Malcolm and I have been working on, and I thought I got to get these songs on the album.
I knew we had so much good material and that Malcolm would definitely want this to come out. The only thing I had to do is maybe think of the name or maybe a break, or I would think, ‘Maybe Mal would love to change this or that…'”
He went on to say:
“I would always think about how Mal wrote it, and that’s how I always tuned in over the years, even when I would do the ideas of myself. My audience was Malcolm, he was the critic, he was the guy.
So everything I ever did, I did it towards what I knew was AC/DC and what would be appealing to AC/DC for Mal. Whenever we came in with ideas, we had that in mind when we came with verses, riffs, style.”
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