BRIAN JOHNSON WASN’T SURE AC/DC WOULD CARRY ON WITHOUT MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told ABC Australia that he wasn’t sure if the band would continue without founding guitarist Malcolm Young.
Johnson explained that he knew the decision would be made by guitarist Angus Young alone, saying, “To me it was always up to Angus. He’s one of these two men who made riffs that nobody else made, since they were in school. I really thought it might not happen. If Angus turned round and said, ‘I can’t do it without Malcolm,’ I would have understood.”
Malcolm was forced to retire from the band early this year due to the onset of dementia, with his and Angus’ nephew Stevie Young replacing him in the lineup.
Johnson said that recording the new Rock Or Bust album without Malcolm was a “strange feeling,” adding, “Your workmate you’ve been with for the last 35 years isn’t there any more. For Angus it was more — it was his brother.”
Angus chimed in, “It’s kind of a hard decision you’ve gotta make: do you keep going or do you stop? . . . We’ve gotta give it a shot.”
Rock Or Bust came out on December 2nd and is expected to sell between 135,000 and 145,000 copies in its first week of release. The full sales and chart numbers will arrive on Wednesday (December 10th).
Watch the interview: