AC/DC’s Angus Young Slowly Watching His Legendary Career Come To A Close
Photo Courtesy Of montrealgazette.com AC/DC’s Angus Young has virtually carried the band on his back in 2016. The animated guitarist is always holding a high level of importance in the band. Some would consider AC/DC’s Angus Young the most popular member of the band. The guitarist beloved by millions holds a rare position in rock comparable to Van Halen. Both are the centerpiece of the band, yet neither sing a note. Over the last year, Angus Young watched helplessly as the rock band he co-founded dissolved around him. AC/DC’s Angus Young has little hope the legendary band will continue much longer.
AC/DC began with Malcolm and Angus Young, two-brothers who assembled the band from trial and error. The final supporting cast was set following the addition of Cliff Williams, Phill Rudd, and Bon Scott. AC/DC’s Highway To Hell (1979) would become the breakthrough album. Tragically, lead singer Bon Scott was found dead within months of the recording. Bon would be almost impossible to replace forcing AC/DC to consider ending the group. However, AC/DC’s Angus Young knew that Bon would want them to go on. Scott was replaced by Brian Johnson who then appeared on Back in Black (1980). AC/DC has been a force in rock ever since.
AC/DC‘s Angus Young Is The Last Man Standing
AC/DC began losing members of the band before 2016. First, AC/DC‘s Angus Young watched his brother fade away into dementia. According to The Guardian, “AC/DC have been stricken by departing members over the past two years. In September 2014, it was announced that rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had departed the group, owing to the onset of dementia.”
The article goes on to say that Angus began to notice severe signs while touring. In November 2014, Angus told the Guardian that “Malcolm had begun to show symptoms when the group recorded the Black Ice album in 2008, and that he had to relearn songs between shows on the subsequent tour: “It was hard work for him. He was relearning a lot of those songs that he knew backward; the ones we were playing that night, he’d be relearning,” Young said.
Drummer Phil Rudd was removed from AC/DC by the New Zealand judicial system. “In November 2014 when he was charged in New Zealand with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of illegal drugs. Phil Rudd later pleaded guilty to drugs charges and threatening to kill, and was sentenced to home detention.”
Lead Singer Brian Johnson was forced to stop touring in 2016 due to a doctor’s warning of severe hearing loss. Axl Rose replaced Johnson much to the dismay of many fans.
Finally, bassist Cliff Williams announced at the beginning of the 2016 tour this would be his last run with AC/DC.
AC/DC’s Angus Young left standing in a school boy’s uniform, guitar in hand, unsure if he should continue. Rolling Stone asked Young about the future of his band.
The Question is Asked
“Have you thought about your own future after the tour ends? You’ve never played in any other band.”
That’s true. 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.”
AC/DC’s Angus Young has done more than enough for his coveted rock brotherhood. A man known for dressing like a boy who played the electric guitar like a demon. Four decades of quality music coupled with playing through the loss of his friends. Angus can duck walk to the couch and take a break; he did everything he could and more.