In the early hours of this morning, AC/DC unveiled their new single Shot In The Dark. The track, their first new music since 2014’s Rock or Bust, is part of upcoming new album Power Up. But, tragically, the classic line-up have had to make it without Malcolm Young.
The AC/DC rhythm guitarist died of dementia in 2017, and now his band’s new album is very much a tribute to him.
According to his brother Angus Young, Power Up is as much in his honour as Back in Black was to Bon Scott.
AC/DC’s original singer died 40 years ago at the age of 33-years-old and Back in Black brought on Brian Johnson as the band’s new vocalist for what would be their most successful album.
On Power Up, Angus told Rolling Stone that the album includes previously unused material of Malcolm’s from around AC/DC’s 2008 LP Black Ice.
Angus said: “There was a lot of great song ideas from that time.
“At that time he said to me, ‘We’ll leave these songs for now. If we keep going, we’ll be overboard. We’ll get them on the next one.’
“That always stuck with me. When I went through and listened to them, I said, ‘If I do anything in my life, I have to get these tracks down and get these tracks out.’”
The 65-year-old and the rest of AC/DC admit to feeling Malcolm’s presence throughout Power Up’s inception.
Angus continued: “Even when I sit at home and pick up my guitar and start playing, the first thing that enters my head is, ‘I think Mal will like this riff I’m playing.’ That’s how I judge lot of stuff.”
While singer Brian Johnson felt that Malcolm was always there.
The 73-year-old said: “As Angus would say, the band was his idea. Everything in it ran through him. He was always there in your minds or just your thoughts.
“I still see him in my own way. I still think about him.”
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Johnson added: And then in the studio when we’re doing it, you have to be careful when you look around because he seems to be there.”
While bassist Cliff Williams affirmed that AC/DC without Malcolm isn’t AC/DC.
The 70-year-old said: “He’s just there somehow. He’s always here.”
Angus also shared a touching moment of visiting his late brother, when he could still talk.
Malcolm said to Angus: “Don’t worry. I’ll be there fighting for you.”
The 65-year-old guitarist added: “He always backed us.”
AC/DC’s new single Shot In The Dark is out now.
While, the band’s new album Power Up is released on November 13, 2020.
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