Angus Young explained that although thrilled with Axl Rose’s job subbing for Brian Johnston on the road — they never thought of working with him beyond that. Ultimate Classic Rock posted an excerpt form Young’s chat with Total Guitar in which the guitarist explained that it was simply an act of a good friend helping his favorite band out in bind: “That never really came up. Axl was really very generous, and he helped us out to get through our touring side at a difficult spot. He had contacted us and said he could help if it didn’t interfere with his own commitments of what he was going.” Angus Young shed light on how the last-minute team-up came about after Brian Johnston was forced off the road with serious hearing issues: “(Axl) wanted to come in and try songs that he himself liked, and he was suggesting songs I hadn’t played in a long time. I’m definitely grateful that he volunteered, and that had helped us finish off our commitment. But he has his own life.”
With Power Up shaping up to be a major hit for the band, Angus Young was asked about how it feels not being able to take the show on the road due to the pandemic: “I’ve been doing this most of my life, since I was in my teens. So it’s very hard to think of something other than when it comes to making music. I’ve always said if I do anything music-wise, I can only do it the AC/DC way. Even if I wasn’t in AC/DC, I think it would probably still sound like AC/DC.”
Power Up, which is AC/DC’s 17th studio set, will be released on NEXT FRIDAY (11/13).
- AC/DC dove into the Power Up sessions after a particularly trying time for the group; bassist Cliff Williams had retired from the band back in 2016 at the conclusion of the global trek behind the Rock Or Bust album — which featured Axl Rose temporarily replacing Brian Johnson, who was suffering from hearing issues.
- Drummer Phil Rudd, who battled both drug and legal issues, also came back behind the kit for the first time since 2015.
CHECK IT OUT: AC/DC with Axl Rose on June 12th, 2016 performing “Back In Black” live in Aarhus, Denmark: