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RIP: Malcolm Young 1953 – 2017

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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.

Kev

Ac/Dc’s “Rock Or Bust” is actually not a bad album, it’s pretty good…

A lot of people claim that Ac/Dc never changed their style over the years. Even the band themselves made that claim. I disagree. I listened to Ac/Dc’s  new album, “Rock Or Bust” earlier today and I was pretty impressed with the album. Despite Mal not playing guitar on it… the album is still good. Their style is a little bit different with their new guitarist, Stevie Young. I think the riffs are great and when I heard the album, I still felt that Mal was playing guitar on it even if he’s not in the line-up anymore sadly. The riffs are really great and catchy. This is Brian’s best singing and Angus’s guitar solo’s are badass as usual.

This album may sound a little too pop and every song sounds like a radio friendly single but it’s still a fun album. Not the best Ac/Dc album. In my opinion, “The Razor’s Edge” will always be the best Brian era album. Nothing will top that album. I only listened to “Rock Or Bust” album once today and I’ll have to listen to it a few more times. “Rock Or Bust” is still a pretty tight album and fun to listen to. I dug it.

Ac/Dc has always been one of those bands that you either love or hate but I love them. Always did. They are one of my top 10 favorite legendary bands other than Led Zep, The Allman Bros., The Doors, Metallica and The Clash.

“Rock Or Bust” is definitely a must listen.

Kev

Ac/Dc releases new song, “Play Ball”…

Ac/Dc just dropped their new song, “Play Ball” today. A song from their upcoming new album, “Rock or Bust”. Their first album without guitarist Malcolm Young. Stu Young played guitar on the album. Despite the new guitarist, the band’s sound and style is still the same which doesn’t surprise me.

The new song is okay, I guess. Nothing amazing or mind blowing. Just your typical Ac/Dc pop song which kind of reminds me of “You Shook Me All Night Long” a little bit.

Like I said before, there’s gonna be a lot of complainers and whiners that Ac/Dc will continue without Malcolm but they did the same thing when Bon Scott (the original singer) died. They were successful at replacing a new singer without a public backlash and I’m sure they will do the same with their new guitarist.

The boys in Ac/Dc are good like that. They really know how to pick their members without their fans making complaints like, “Waaah, they are not true Ac/Dc!”. When other legendary bands continue on with new members, they usually get a public backlash by their fans but when Ac/Dc does it, that doesn’t happen to them. So far, I haven’t seen much complaints from fans of Ac/Dc continuing on without Malcolm. The guys Ac/Dc are pretty careful when choosing members, they know what they’re doing.

Anyway, I’m sure it kills the band going on without Malcolm but like they all say, “The shows must go on”. The band is moving forward ’cause they know that’s what Malcolm would have wanted. It’s been confirmed by Malcolm’s family that he’s suffering Dementia which means that he’s suffering memory loss. That also means that Malcolm probably doesn’t even remember playing in a band called Ac/Dc and he won’t remember who his band mates are anymore. That also means that he must of forgotten how to play guitar due to memory loss and he won’t be able to play ’cause of that. Look like Malcolm’s guitar playing days are over. If he was to relearn guitar over again… it would take years. I still wish Malcolm well.

I’m a huge fan of Ac/Dc always have been. I love both eras of Ac/Dc, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. I’ll still get their new album, though.

Kev

Ac/Dc will release “Rock Or Bust” on Dec. 2nd, first new album without Malcolm Young…

Ac/Dc revealed the title of their next album which is gonna be called, “Rock Or Bust” and will be released on Dec. 2nd of this year. After a 41 year long career of Ac/Dc, this will be the first studio album by Ac/Dc without Malcolm Young.

While it’s good news that Ac/Dc is finally releasing a new album this year, it’s also very sad news that Malcolm will not be returning to the band due to his health.

More here:

http://www.acdc.com/us/news/new-album-out-december-2

I know there’s gonna be a lot of whiners and complainers that Ac/Dc is moving on without Malcolm on guitar. There’s gonna be a lot of complaints like, “it’s not Ac/Dc without Malcolm”. Well, I’m pretty sure fans felt the same when Ac/Dc continued on without Bon Scott as singer back in the day. Well guess what, Ac/Dc successfully got away with replacing a singer. I will think they will do the same with the guitarist.

I’m actually interested in hearing what Ac/Dc is gonna sound like with a new guitarist. They’ve had the same style and sound for years with Malcolm as guitarist. So with a new guitarist, I’m sure the band’s sound will be slightly different so it’s gonna be interesting to hear the difference.

Like I said in a post before, founding members of legendary bands leave all the time. It happens in the music business.

These bands continue on without their founding members ’cause that’s what they’re made to do. They have to keep going. They just can’t quit. Like they all say, the show’s got to go on and it’s true. These bands love what they do. They keep going ’cause music is in their blood.

I’m pretty sure Ac/Dc got Malcolm’s blessing to go on without him, anyways. Two rock giants coming out with new albums this year: Ac/Dc and Pink Floyd. I’ll be getting them both.

Kev

Ac/Dc finishes new album but without Malcolm Young…

Brian Johnson, the frontman of Ac/Dc, reveals that the legendary rock band have finished their new album; however, they had to do it without their long time guitarist and founding member, Malcolm Young. Malcolm couldn’t play on it ’cause of his health so he had his nephew Stevie play on it instead.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ac-dc-share-new-album-details-malcolm-young-health-update-20140709

Ac/Dc with a different guitarist? That’s weird coming from Ac/Dc ’cause they never had different guitarists over the years, I believe. It has always been Angus and Malcolm doing the guitar work.

While I’m sure the band’s style and sound will remain the same, I’m sure the band’s sound will be slightly different for the new album ’cause of Malcolm’s replacement guitarist, Stevie. It’s going to be interesting to hear what the band will sound like with Stevie, a different guy. It must be hard for the boys in Ac/Dc with a new guitarist ’cause they’ve been so used to Malcolm over the years.

Look like we’re gonna see a new Ac/Dc album later this year. I predict the album will come out in the Fall/Winter???

I wish Malcolm well and looking forward to their new record. I’ve always been an Ac/Dc fan.

Kev

Why are so many people acting like Malcolm Young is gonna die??? Settle down people…

It’s pretty insane how so many Ac/Dc fans are going nuts about Malcolm’s health. Some even went as far as putting Malcolm tributes on their facebook pages and shit like that. Giving Malcolm their well-wishes and all that stuff. I mean, everyone is acting like Malcolm is gonna die or something. I’m like seriously?

The band made it pretty clear today that Malcolm is only gonna take a break so that probably means his illness is not all that serious and he could recover from it easily. He’s just taking a break until he feels better again and then he will re-join the group.

Malcolm have taken breaks from the band many times before so this is nothing new. They won’t get into details of his illness but that doesn’t mean his illness is life-threatening. Malcolm is probably okay enough to record in the studio with them but he won’t be able to tour with them for a while. I think that’s what they mean.

It’s okay. Nothing’s gonna happen to Malcolm! I give him my well-wishes too!

Kev

Ac/Dc releases official statement…. squashes retirement rumors but confirms Malcolm is sick…

Welp. Here you have it. Ac/Dc just released statement, squashing retirement rumors totally but they confirm Malcolm is sick. So it’s looking like Ac/Dc will go on without Malcolm for a while. Look like they got Malcolm’s blessing to do so. I’m sure fans are gonna be all ignorant and have negative opinions of them moving on without Malcolm but they have to. They’re not just a band. They’re an institution. A brand. They’re a business. So the show must go on. The band still have plenty of music left in them. The band can’t hang it up ’cause that’s what they do. They’re musicians and Ac/Dc is a family like Brian Johnson just said in a previous article.

I’m glad the band never changed their image and style of music. A lot of bands change their style of music every album but Ac/Dc refuses to do that. Their next album will probably have the same sound they had for the last 40 years. Their usual simplistic power chord riffing that they’ve always been known for.

Will Ac/Dc get a guitarist replacement for Malcolm for a while or is Angus gonna be the only guitarist for the band for now??? We’ll know more soon.

Kev