Like most, I was pretty bummed to hear the news of the passing of Malcolm Young. He was the longtime rhythm guitarist and founder of the hard rock band, AC/DC. Angus and Malcolm formed the band AC/DC together in 1973.
If you play the guitar whether electric or acoustic then chances are, you’ve probably played AC/DC songs on it. Well, that was all the work of Malcolm Young. Yes, it was MOSTLY Malcolm that wrote AC/DC’s catalogue of music. Malcolm wrote AC/DC songs with his brother Angus, but it was Malcolm who did most of the work. Pretty much, Malcolm was the primary songwriter of the band. All those songs: “It’s A Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock N’ Roll”, “Highway to Hell”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Hells Bells”, “Back In Black” etc. It was Malcolm that wrote all those tunes. Sure, Angus helped a little bit, but I remember him saying in an interview that all Angus mostly done was play solos and extra licks for the songs. Everybody wants to mistakenly believe it was Angus who did all the work, but it was all Malcolm. It was Malcolm who brought Ac/Dc a lot of success for the band. Like most bands, Ac/Dc started off as a local band in Australia before becoming a big institution like they are now.
I love Ac/Dc. Always did and always will. Ac/Dc was one of the bands that made me want to become a musician. They helped inspire me to pick an up an electric guitar. I love both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. I dig all of their music. I admired Ac/Dc so much ’cause they never changed their style of music over the years. They’ve had the same style since the 70’s.
What I love about Ac/Dc is that all of their songs are very simple. Malcolm’s riffs were mostly simple chords. Yeah, all Ac/Dc mostly played guitar wise was mostly power chords and basic open chords but still they wrote killer songs! Ac/Dc proved that you don’t need to be a perfectionist when writing rock n’ roll.
Ac/Dc had fans of people of all ages from little children to full grown adults. I wonder what’s going to happen now that Malcolm is gone? Will they continue or will they break-up? I’m sure we’ll hear from Brian Johnson to see what he says. Angus and Malcolm never did interviews with the press that much. It was always Brian doing interviews for the band so I’m sure we’ll hear from him again soon.
I think it’s a possibility we’ll get one more studio album by Ac/Dc ’cause they’re probably gonna wanna make an album dedicated to Malcolm.
Last year, Brian Johnson suddenly pulled out of AC/DC tour due to his hearing loss during their “Rock Or Bust” tour to support their latest album. While Brian couldn’t finish the rest of Ac/DC tour, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses took over on lead vocals.
Well after a long break of performing live, Brian is back performing on stage again. Ac/Dc is all done touring so Brian collaborated with Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers on stage at Oxford New Theater in the UK. Those guys are performing a cover of Barrett Strong’s, “Money (That’s What I Want)”.
Glad to see Brian singing again. I don’t know why some people don’t like the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC. I love AC/DC. I’ve been listening to them all my life. I love both eras Bon Scott and Brian.
I think Brian’s a great singer. Wonder what Brian plans to do next musically? I’m sure we’ll hear from him again on what his plans are. He’ll probably stick with Ac/Dc a little while longer. Their latest album, “Rock or Bust” came out in 2014, they could do another new album next year in 2018 hopefully. I’m sure he’ll still tour with Ac/Dc but he’ll be wearing these unique in-ear monitors so that the loud music won’t damage his ears even more.
I wish people would stop knocking Brian’s vocals. He’s one of the best rock & metal singers out there. Nobody can sing like him either. I know a lot of singers out there try to copy other singers vocal style but you can’t copy Brian’s style at all. I know there are plenty of Ac/Dc tribute bands out there but even they can’t match Brian’s style. Brian’s got a unique voice. When he starts singing, you know it’s him. He’s definitely a total original. That’s why I respect the hell out of him.
I’m the biggest AC/DC fan. Heard every album they did.
Ac/Dc performed their first live show with Axl Rose as frontman and here’s a few bootleg videos of their performance. Honestly, I think Axl is pretty damn good singing Ac/Dc songs. Axl must be a die-hard Ac/Dc fan, pretty obvious I would say. Watching the live bootleg videos of Ac/Dc, Axl definitely looks like he’s having a blast up there. Ac/Dc is probably the reason Axl started Guns N’ Roses so it must be a dream come true.
I don’t know what the critics are complaining about ’cause I think Axl is fine singing for Ac/Dc. I don’t see what the big deal is. Everybody is acting like Axl is going to be a full time member which he isn’t. It’s only temporary. Axl is just a fill-in for Brian. That’s all.
All bands do this. When their main members can’t make a show for whatever reason, they get replaced ’cause the show needs to go on, right? The same goes for Ac/Dc. Axl is like a substitute, that’s all he is.
I think Axl is pretty awesome singing for Ac/Dc, in my opinion. I’m a huge Ac/Dc fan too. Always have been since I was a young teenager. I’m a big fan of both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. It is possible that Axl Rose could one day become a full time member of Ac/Dc and if that happens, I wouldn’t mind ’cause Axl would make a good replacement and I mean that too.
So Malcolm Young no longer plays in the band ’cause of his health and he got a replacement. Now Brian Johnson pulls out of the band temporarily to save his hearing loss and Brian got a replacement which is obviously Axl Rose. People are upset of the Axl Rose replacement. I’ve gotten into a facebook debate about this in the Guitar World forum and there’s a lot of interesting discussions about this.
I’ve read by some other people that some wants Ac/Dc to cancel the rest of the tour so Brian can heal and I’m like, huh? Seriously? That’s a dumb thought. For the rest of Ac/Dc’s tour which will be shows overseas, I’m sure all those concerts are sold out pretty much. Too many people bought tickets to those shows. If Ac/Dc cancelled or postponed their tour that would be wrong for the fans who paid their hard earned money to see them. That would be unprofessional for the band to do so the show must go on. Ac/Dc made it clear that they are committed to their fans.
I understand how fans are upset ’cause Brian Johnson is Ac/Dc but hey… replacements in rock bands happen all the time. It happens with most bands in the industry. Members in famous bands come and go. That’s the way it is. The way it always has been. On top of that… Ac/Dc had many lineup changes over the years too. It wasn’t always Brian, Angus, Malcolm and Phil in the band.
Fans are expecting Ac/Dc to retire since the band looks like it’s about to fall apart but trust me people… Ac/Dc will never give this up. They really love what they do and I tell ya right now, the band will keep rockin’ until they can’t do it anymore. They’ll keep playing until they’re dead. I mean, the Rolling Stones are still going so Ac/Dc should be able to continue too. Everybody wants to act like that Ac/Dc is just a band like the rest of them. Maybe part of that is true but keep in mind, guys that Ac/Dc is more than just a band. They’re an institution. They’re a brand name now. In other words the band is a business. Not just a rock band. Ac/Dc is the worlds most famous rock band.
People are picking on Axl for replacing Brian in Ac/Dc but hey can you blame Axl? I can’t. I mean it’s Ac/Dc. I can’t blame Axl for taking upon the opportunity ’cause you gotta be insane to turn down for singing the world’s biggest rock band.
Keep in mind that being in a band is not easy. There’s gonna be a lot of setbacks. There’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs. All bands go through it, even Ac/Dc. Not everything is gonna be perfect all the time. It’s just the way it is. I know some people say that Ac/Dc should hang it up but it isn’t happening. They’re an institution, they gotta keep it going.
I’m a huge Ac/Dc fan and I just streamed all of their records through Apple Music streaming last week. I love both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras.
No matter what people say, I support Ac/Dc’s decision to continue on without the band’s iconic members. Like I said, the shows gotta go on… always.
Brian Johnson of Ac/Dc just wrote an open letter to Ac/Dc fans through Guitar World’s website. Is Brian Johnson’s singing career just about over? Not entirely. He says he’s not retiring yet. Brian says he’s okay to sing in the studio but he won’t be able perform live on the stage for a while. Brian also admits that he may never be able to perform on stage at all depending on his hearing on whether or not it improves.
Sucks for Brian but I have a feeling that his singing career may be over for good but we’ll see, though.
I know how some people are upset that Ac/Dc continues on with Axl Rose but it’s only temporary. Axl is not in the band full time. Like they all say, the show’s gotta go on right? A lot of people want to be upset at Axl taking over lead vocals in Ac/Dc but I want to defend that a little bit.
I think Axl Rose is a good choice to sing for Ac/Dc. Axl is almost like a crossover of Bon Scott & Brian a little bit. If you listen to Guns N’ Roses cover Ac/DC in youtube, you would see that Axl is the perfect fit. I think Axl sings well for Ac/Dc, in my opinion so I think he should pull it off fine. Like I said, it’s only temporary. Axl is not a full time member. I’m sure the guys in Ac/Dc auditioned for other singers but they found that Axl was the perfect fit. Axl’s voice fits Ac/Dc, that’s just my opinion.
If Brian is forced to retire ’cause of his hearing loss, I think Axl would be a perfect replacement as a full time singer for Ac/Dc and I mean that too. Axl sounds great singing Ac/Dc, in my opinion.
Ac/Dc has always been one of my favorite rock bands and they still are. I love both Bon Scott and Brian.
So Brian Johnson is leaving Ac/Dc temporarily to save his hearing. Then word got out that Axl Rose is taking over as frontman/singer to finish off the rest of the Ac/Dc tour ’cause after all, the show needs to go on right? At first, I kept thinking that Axl Rose singing for Ac/Dc is just a phony rumor that got out and then a photo leaked to the internet of Axl leaving the band’s studio. It might turn out true after all.
Some people are not liking the idea of Axl singing for Ac/Dc but I think it’s a good idea. Why? Guns N’ Roses covered a lot of Ac/Dc at their shows over the years and Axl actually sounds pretty good singing Ac/Dc songs. Listen to him below. I think Axl is the best guy to sing for Ac/Dc. I mean, Axl sounds like a modern day version of Bon Scott pretty much. Pretty close to it,I would say.
I take it that Ac/Dc is one of Axl’s favorite bands and Ac/Dc is one of Axl’s biggest influences. I can’t blame Axl for accepting the opportunity to sing for Ac/Dc ’cause it’s probably a dream come true for him so I congratulate Axl.
The news of Axl singing for Ac/Dc hasn’t been publicly confirmed yet but I’m sure it will be soon.
While Brian Johnson is a great frontman, it’s Bon Scott is what got me into Ac/Dc. Bon Scott maybe gone but not forgotten! RIP!