AC/DC Tease New Song, Demon Fire
Power Up is the band’s first album since the passing of guitarist Malcolm Young in 2017. But, as brother and lead guitarist Angus explains, the record is something of a tribute that carries on the big man’s spirit and energy.
“I know Mal’s not with us anymore, but he’s there with us in spirit,” Angus says. “This band was his baby, his life. He was always one [to say], ‘You keep going.’ His big line always, every now and again, he’d go, ‘If you’re a musician, it’s a bit like being on the Titanic. The band goes down with the ship.’ That’s how he viewed it. Even the title we gave it, Power Up, pretty much sums him up. When he put on that guitar, he was one big guitar. To put it this way: When he played guitar, it sounded like there were two people playing.”
The album also sees the return of singer Brian Johnson, who left due to hearing problems, and drummer Phil Rudd.
“After Malcolm passed away, Brian [Johnson, vocals] and Cliff [Williams, bass] came to the funeral,” he recalls. “Phil [Rudd, drums] and Stevie [Young, guitar] had come in. I was glad to see Phil. He looked good, keeping up his health. He was the best I’d ever seen him.”
The drummer says that he and Angus “had a good chat”, adding that he was “mindful of what the band had been doing”. Brian, meanwhile, calls the whole thing “a lovely day”, revealing, “The band members sat together and talked. I’m not a religious or spiritual kind of person, but it’s so obvious now that something happened.”
Power Up is released next Friday, November 13.