Angus Young has spilled his guts to Rolling Stone about all things AC/DC – from Brian Johnson’s hearing problems, to working with Axl Rose, to Cliff Williams’ retirement, to his brother Malcolm’s health issues.
The Acca Dacca mainstay has also opened up about the future of the band and his decision to plough ahead through the toughest tour of their 40+ year career (and very possibly the last), which wraps up on September 20th in Philadelphia.
Although the Aussie rock legends are clearly in the twilight of their career – and the prospects of them continuing with Angus alone remaining seem pretty slim – the perpetual schoolboy still hasn’t ruled it out.
Check out the 6 biggest revelations from Angus’s big chat with RS below, and read the full thing here.
1. Axl Rose is – believe it or not – pretty easy to work with
“He’s been really good. He prepares himself, ready to go. We sit and chew the fat before we get on, work out what songs we want to do. It’s gotta be fun for him, and for us.”
2. Brian Johnson’s hearing was a big issue during the band’s last Australian tour
“He was having problems when we were rehearsing for Coachella [in 2015]. He already had one bad ear. He damaged it in a car accident. The one good ear was rapidly dropping. We were in Australia, and he was seeing a specialist. Each show he did, he had to get monitored and treated. But it was becoming too hard for him.”
3. Cliff Williams made the decision to retire before Brian even left the band
“Cliff made it known before we’d even started touring – this would be his last. Besides myself, Cliff has been there the longest, since 1977. Cliff and Brian are in the same age bracket. They like to go out, hit the pubs. They had the bond.”
4. Angus feels like he may have pushed the band too far following Malcolm’s dementia diagnosis & departure
“That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs.’ He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”
5. He still talks to Malcolm, but it can be tough
“It’s hard to communicate. I do pass on messages. I can’t be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him.”
6. The future of AC/DC after their Rock Or Bust Tour is still up in the air
“At this point, I don’t know. We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, ‘I’m gonna do this and that,’ it’s always good to say at the end of it, ‘I’ve done all I said I would do’.”
Gallery: AC/DC, Brisbane 2015 / Photos by Rebecca Reid