AC/DC - Upcoming Album Comfirmed To Be "More Of A Tribute To MALCOLM YOUNG"
February 3, 2019, a month ago
Back in August 2018, news came down that AC/DC, along with vocalist Brian Johnson, have been working at Bryan Adams' Warehouse Studio in Vancouver with engineer Mike Fraser - who mixed and engineered the band's last three albums (Stiff Upper Lip, Black Ice and Rock Or Bust).
As no official statement has been made by the band since, news of Johnson's return up to this point has been regarded as a rumour. Johnson has now (reportedly) confirmed he is back with AC/DC according to a post by the American band Terrorizer, who ran into Johnson at an airport in Sarasota, FL.
From Terrorizer: "We ran into Brian Johnson from ACDC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumors of him being on the new ACDC album and he said "Yes" and that he is " Sick of denying it". So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour."
Check out the Facebook post below.
Eddie Trunk has since weighed in via his SiriusXM show last week on the band's forthcoming album. Check out his commentary below.
Eddie Trunk: "I have a source that will remain nameless but a very, very, well-placed, reliable source regarding AC/DC who I did run into (at NAMM) and asked about AC/DC. This source told me to his knowledge that album is done, that they went to that studio in Canada, made this record and what people speculated on, meaning these were riffs, ideas and more of a tribute to Malcolm Young is true. Meaning that Malcolm had a bunch of stuff recorded that they worked off of and they sort of incorporated the record. So, this is sort of a unity thing to come together, put out some of Malcolm’s music and celebrate AC/DC. He didn’t tell me about Axl (Rose) or who is on it, he just basically said: 'The guys went in, they went in off of some stuff that Malcolm had, it’s a celebration of Malcolm, there is a record done, whether and how that comes out they’re not sure and whether they play or not it’s not sure.'"
Malcolm Young was remembered as a "humble man" and "musical mastermind" at a private funeral service in 2017 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia reports Nour Haydar of ABC News.
Mourners were given guitar picks with their programs at the service. In his eulogy, friend David Albert said Young's impact on the music industry was nothing short of momentous.
The rocker died in November aged 64 after suffering from dementia for several years. Young's beloved Gretsch guitar, "the beast", rested on top of his coffin during the service.
A video compilation of Malcolm Young moments has surfaced on YouTube and can be viewed below.
"Rocker" (1978-07-15 – Fresno, 1978-10-28 – Colchester).
"Bad Boy Boogie" (1979-10-16 – Towson)
"Down Payment Blues"
"Thunderstruck" (2000-09-13 – Arizona)
"It’s A Long Way To The Top" (1976-07-08 – London)
"Let There Be Rock" (Malcolm)
"Live Wire" (1976-07-08 London)
"Soul Stripper" (Malcolm)
"Rock N Roll Singer" (Malcolm)
"Hard As A Rock"
"Squealer" solo (Malcolm)
After the traditional Catholic service to mark Young's passing, the cortege made its way down College Street led by the Scots College Pipes and Drums band which played a medley of songs including the guitar solo from "It's A Long Way To The Top", "Waltzing Matilda" and "Road To Gundagai".
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Guitar picks are being handed out with programs at the funeral service for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/KjUm7Z7ncg
— Nour Haydar (@NourHaydar) November 28, 2017
Additional coverage, courtesy of Kathy McCabe and The Daily Telegraph, can be seen here.
AC/DC issued the following statement upon Malcolm's passing: "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment, he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary, he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."
Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.
Angus Young: "As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever."