AC/DC - Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be! Page 2
by Tim Henderson
27 years on...
Malcolm: "Yeah, I'll be gettin' a gold watch soon, uh? I don't think there is any retirement in the music industry. I don't really know anyone that's retired. If they have it means nobody wanted them anyway. With most musicians it's like the Titanic, they go down with the ship. You feel a part of that responsibility, even with the kids. But you do feel a responsibility that if the kids keep wantin' it, and I'm talkin' kids now that are 40, 45, we'll keep doin' it for them. As long as we believe that we've got the right thing to put out, and that's what we always strive towards - the great song. We're still lookin' for it, like everyone is. We would love to get something, somewhere near what the guys in the '50s were doing. Not sound-wise, but the quality of the rock and roll. You know back then they had it all, the swing and all that stuff that gets kids up these days. AC/DC play basically what was going on with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis - trying to create the excitement and get the mood. We want to keep the flag flyin'. I think we're the only guys except for the exception of the Rolling Stones. They're about ten years, fifteen years older than us guys so we've still got a long way to go and we like to learn from their mistakes. Once you move you're confusing the kids - they'd say 'These guys have gone off rock and roll'. We want to keep that around for another millennium."
Malcolm: "I think it gets back to our starting days again. Working for a couple of bucks a week. Working our butts off getting covered in oil and all the shit that goes with it, and when we got to play club gigs, luckily enough, we thought 'This is IT!, don't have to work. Angus, we can make 50 bucks a week each here, we can survive, without a day job'. That was our big plan (laughs). So everything outside of a club gig is a bonus to us. We made it 25 years ago, as far as we're concerned."
Bon Scott - Full Of Life!
On February 19, 1980 we lost one of rock's most distinct and charismatic frontmen. Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford Scott) died in the wee hours of the night in the back seat of a friend's car following a typical alcoholic binge in London. His death comes just months after the band scores its first big American success with the album, Highway To Hell. He was 33 years old. Angus and Malcolm Young tell the tale of a rocker and a dearly missed older brother...
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