The talented guitarist and singer of The Darkness, Justin Hawkins, was the recent interview guest of Classic Rock Magazine and named the AC/DC album that changed his life forever.
While calling AC/DC’s iconic album ‘Powerage’ as a life-changing experience, he also named Led Zeppelin’s legendary album ‘Led Zeppelin II’ as their best-ever record.
Here is what Justin told:
“I was 14 or 15 when ‘The Razors Edge’ came out [in 1990], and I loved it. In fact, I would listen to the album and tried to learn the guitar parts.
Then somebody told me that if I really wanted to hear proper AC/DC, then I had to go back and check out the Bon Scott era. So, that’s what I did, and this has now become my favorite AC/DC album.
It also changed my approach to everything. From then on, I wanted to be a combination of Bon and Freddie Mercury. To have Freddie’s vocals with Bon’s attitude. And Bon is the reason why I still used a microphone with a cable.
Because he just looked so cool with it. I tried a radio mike, but it didn’t have the same feeling. For me, when it comes to AC/DC, you cannot better ‘Powerage.’“
Here is what Justin said about Led Zeppelin II:
“There are three reasons why I have to have this Led Zeppelin album included above all the others. They are ‘Heartbreaker,’ ‘Living, Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)’ and ‘Ramble On.’
They are The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost when it comes to the songs I want to listen to when the sun is out. They’re the holy grail of sunshine listening for me.
Whenever I am in the car and the sun is out, these are the three songs I want to have on. They are the soundtrack to great weather, wherever I am in the world. From LA to Lowestoft.”
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