RIP AC/DC: 1973 – 2014, UPDATES ON MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC are ending their 41 year career on a terribly sad note.
Plans were underway for a new studio album, their first since 2008’s monumental Black Ice, and a ’40th Anniversary’ world tour, 40 huge shows across the globe.
More than a month ago, founding member, rhythm guitarist, co-producer and co-songwriter Malcolm Young had a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain.
When AC/DC reunited at the start of April to begin a month of rehearsals, in the lead-up to new album recording sessions, Malcolm discovered he couldn’t play. At least, he couldn’t play like he used to play.
Nothing has been officially confirmed, as of this writing, but friends and family members have been discussing what happened to Malcolm for the past couple of weeks. The blood clot, resulting from the stroke, is believed to be why Malcolm couldn’t keep working.
Although friends have described Malcolm’s condition as serious, it doesn’t mean he won’t recover. People do get better after strokes, and people do recover lost skills.
But friends and family of band members believe the decision was made last week to call it quits.
Media in Australia have gone ballistic today on rumours of The End Of AC/DC, and it appears the news got out ahead of a planned official announcement from the band and management.
Right now, that announcement is expected Wednesday, April 16, and a press conference has been scheduled.
Quite possibly the greatest pure rock and roll band ever–as the line from punk band The Last Resort goes, “No fuss, no muss, just pure impact.” Their sound was as distinctive and instantly identifiable as a punch in the face; they were fun, energetic, rhythmic, powerful, and driving–as complex and cathartic as it’s possible to be working in a three-chord medium that’s not exactly known for subtlety or intellectual depth, being more bludgeon than anything else. And they just kept right on cranking out good, solid stuff for forty friggin’ years.
AC/DC won’t continue playing and recording without Malcolm. It can’t be done.
While Angus Young is the more famous, and more recognisable, AC/DC is most definitely Malcolm Young’s band, he started AC/DC, under the guidance of big brother George Young (ex-Easybeats, and co-producer) and encouraged his younger brother Angus to join him, and take on the world.
Malcolm Young has been the quiet motivator and boss of the band for four decades, co-writing nearly all of AC/DC’s classics, and making sure nothing happened to harm or damage the band’s reputation, or disappoint the fans who’ve stuck by them for decades.
His passion for the band and its music, and integrity, were so intense, back in the 1970s he used to have fistfights with his younger brother, Angus, in the studio, when disagreements about a sound or riff couldn’t be resolved. Proper punch-ups, teeth were lost, blood was drawn.
So that’s it. AC/DC are coming to an end.
All good things do, I guess. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Lots more at the link, all worth a read if you’re into this sort of thing at all; AC-DC was nothing less than a huge and utterly unique slice of rock and roll history, encapsulating all the best of the genre and generating a staggering number of good sea stories along the way. Best wishes to Malcolm and all his family.
Update! Thanks to Q for his update in the comments; sounds as if things are still up in the air for the band at the moment. All the best to ’em no matter which way the ball ends up bouncing.