A 68-year-old retired woman named Jenny Darren performed a cover of AC/DC‘s “Highway To Hell” on a recent episode of “Britain’s Got Talent.” However, this isn’t her first rock ‘n’ roll moment. As it turns out, her band Stoney End actually opened for AC/DC in 1977 and she had gone on to release multiple solo albums, including one that featured the original version of “Heartbreaker,“ which was later made famous by Pat Benatar.
After Brian Johnson left AC/DC’s “Rock Or Bust” tour due to hearing issues, the band recruited Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) to finish the trek, and ever since then, fans have wondered if the group will continue with a new lineup featuring Rose on vocals. Now, during an interview with The Rock Pit, Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson said Angus Young is actually working on a new album with Rose. Anderson said the following:
“I was talking to Angus earlier last year when we were opening for Guns N’ Roses – Angus and I were asked to do the encores and I said to him, ‘What are you going to do?’ and he said, ‘Mate I’m writing a new album.’ I thought, ‘Cool,’ so I asked him who was in the band and he said, ‘Axl.'”
Late AC/DC singer Bon Scott has been honored with a new three-meter-high-and-two-meter-wide metal-and-plaster sculpture in Melbourne, Australia. The statue, which was unveiled on AC/DC Lane on March 6, is part of the Victorian Government’s “Rockin’ The Laneways” Initiative. The project was a collaboration between Cherry Bar owner/booker James Young and street artist Mike Makatron. Makatron had the following to say:
“It’s an honor to add a permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock ‘n’ roll band and its lead singer, Bon Scott, but also to music in general. Thanks to all, especially the vision of James Young of Cherry Bar, who instigated the idea and grant application with Creative Victoria.”
Young also added that “Sydney has the Opera House and Melbourne has Bon Scott,” an that the spot is a “perfect place to honor Bon Scott and to provide inspiration for aspiring musicians and music fans.”
During her February 20 routine at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, Hungarian ice skater Ivett Toth performed along to AC/DC, and even wore an Angus Young back patch! Unfortunately, she only got a 53.22 score, which is not enough for medal contention. You can see footage of her set at nbcolympics.com.
After Brian Johnson left AC/DC’s “Rock Or Bust” tour due to hearing issues, the band recruited Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) to finsh the trek. Ever since then, fans have wondered if the group will continue with a new lineup featuring Rose on vocals, Angus Young and Stevie Young on guitars, Chris Slade on drums, and a new bassist to take over for Cliff Williams, who retired following the last tour. Now, a well-connected journalist and AC/DC biographer, named Murray Engleheart, is saying that he believes the band will move forward with new music and touring:
“Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals – new album, touring, the whole nine yards. What was a massive gamble by Angus turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future.”
Brian Johnson has shared various memories, etc. of the late Malcolm Young in a new article on rollingstone.com. You can read a couple of excerpts below.
Johnson said the following:
Malcolm gave rock and roll a fist. He’d give it a kick in the ass. People always used to ask Mal, ‘How do you get that sound, man?’ Malcolm either wouldn’t tell them or just really couldn’t explain it. He would just go, ‘We just play.’ I used to stand next to him at the end of ‘Let There Be Rock’, where there is a big huge build at the end and it builds and builds. Malcolm would go through two guitar picks during that one song. He would wear them down. He was the most precise guitarist.”
He later added the following about the various tributes:
“Malcolm would have been absolutely stunned at the outpouring of tributes and grief. He didn’t think of himself in that way, that he was great and all that. I learned the team spirit from Malcolm. You are just a cog in a well-oiled machine. If we all pulled together at the same time, you get this amazing thing happening. And it worked, you know. Mal is not here anymore, but if I ever have a problem, I stop and go, ‘What would Mal do?’ He just always seemed to do the right thing.
Head to rollingstone.com for more. On another note, Johnson also mentioned that he has undergone nine operations for the hearing issues that led to his departure from AC/DC about a year ago.
According to News.com.au, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young’s funeral will be held in Sydney, Australia on November 28, the same day as Australia’s Aria Awards, which is the country’s annual celebration of music. Young sadly passed away at the age of 64 on November 18. He had been battling dementia for at least three years. R.I.P.