AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal legends AC/DC, has died, the group announced Saturday. He was 64. Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the group from Sydney, Australia, to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years, the Australian Associated Press reported. He died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, the news agency reported. Young started the band with his brother Angus Young in 1973. “As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man,” Angus Young said on the AC/DC website. “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. “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. Malcolm, job well done.” Other musicians have taken to social media to honor the rock star’s legacy. Ozzy Osbourne wrote on Twitter, “So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless.” “A very sad loss for rock,” Nikki Sixx wrote. “Rest in Peace Malcolm Young and Thank You.” Eddie Van Halen said it was “a sad day in rock and roll.” “Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC,” he said on Twitter. “He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.” Joe Elliot of Def Leppard said on band’s Twitter page, “I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young.” “He was an incrdible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off,” he wrote. The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70, Rolling Stone reported. Malcolm was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust. “Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” AC/DC said in a statement. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.” He is survived by his wife O’Linda and two children.

We are saddened to report the passing of Malcolm.  My first rock concert was AC/DC…back in 1981 for the “For Those About to Rock” tour…and have seen them many many times over the years.  The most recent being in 2009; probably the last tour with that classic 1980 “Back in Black” lineup with the Young, Young, Johnson, Rudd, and Williams.  Lot’s of great memories..and great shows.  Thanks for the tunes, Malcolm.  R.I.P.

Singer Brian Johnson reveals his departure from AC/DC

Former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed crystallised fluids which “had been eating away at my ear” accelerated the hearing loss which forced him off the road. The likeable rocker and car racing enthusiast told American radio station Sirius XM he noticed reduced hearing in his left ear after he forgot to put in earplugs at a New York race eight years ago.The roar of the engines caused a pop in his ear which led to a bout of tinnitus which cleared up several months later. He continued to record and perform with AC/DC but Johnson suffered a major setback four months into the Rock or Bust world tour when their Winnipeg concert in September was thunderstruck. Both he and guitarist Angus Young caught bad colds from the rainstorm which plagued the outdoor gig and immediately caught a flight to their next concert in Vancouver. “Unfortunately the fluids went up into my sinuses and around my ear,” Johnson explained. His right ear wouldn’t “pop” this time and when the band arrived in Australia to kick off the Down Under leg of the world tour, Johnson consulted a Sydney ENT specialist who discovered the “crystals”. “I was getting worried because my right ear is my good ear,” Johnson said.“My left ear is just about totally deaf. And when we got (to Australia), that’s when Dr. Chang found out that the fluids had crystallised and had been eating away at my ear. “So my good ear, I lost — I don’t know what percentage but it was enough to make things very difficult. So they worked on me.” Johnson said Young and the band’s bassist Cliff Williams supported him throughout the treatment. Dr. Chang informed him the hearing loss was permanent. The singer had to be convinced by his band mates, family and friends to stop touring, with the band finally announcing his departure in April after Johnson had started the second leg of American dates. Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is completing the final American and European dates of the tour. His Sirius interview puts to rest rumours that AC/DC co-founder Angus Young had unceremoniously kicked the singer out when the full extent of his hearing loss became apparent. “The boys saw the charts,” he said. “I’d been getting checked regularly. And they saw there was a massive dip and if I’d have kept on going, there was a possibility I would never hear again. “Angus and Cliff just said, ‘Johnno, you’ve got to think of your health.’ And everybody else said, ‘Brian, your health comes first. You’ve done a whole year on the road. You’ve done everything. We want to finish.’ And that’s what they did. It’s simple. What people don’t understand is it is what it is.” Johnson said he is grateful for the “pretty good run” of 36 years recording and playing with one of the greatest rock bands in the world. “I had so many good times with the boys,” Johnson said. “And I’ve had such a lucky and great life. And I’m just thankful really that I came out of it in one piece. Now I guess I could rest me socks off.” It is not known if AC/DC will continue to tour once they complete this European leg in Dusseldorf on June 15 with several American dates still to be rescheduled.

Very sad news.. I’ve had the privilege of seeing AC/DC many times over the years…the last time in 2009 in Denver. Just sorry I missed them earlier this year when they were back here in Denver. That said, Brian really isn’t out of the band. He was never fired, and he didn’t quit. In fact, if you go to the official AC/DC web site, Brian is still listed as being in the band on vocals. As he said, “it is what it is.” Let’s just hope Brian’s doctors find a way for him to get back on his feet, and on stage. If not, at least they may find a way for him to continue with studio recordings.. Guess we’ll have to just wait and see.

AC/DC singer risks deafness, halts tour

Australian rock elders AC/DC postponed remaining dates on their US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he risked total deafness. The 68-year-old Johnson “has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss,” the band said in a statement, released on Monday. AC/DC, famous for playing at painfully high decibels, said it would play the 10 remaining US shows at later dates but “likely with a guest vocalist.” Johnson, known for his trademark cap and a voice that strains the vocal cords, joined the band in 1980 after singer Bon Scott died following a night of heavy drinking. The delayed shows include a concert due Tuesday in Atlanta as well as an April 4 show at Madison Square Garden in New York. It remained unclear whether the band would be able to pursue the European leg of their “Rock or Bust” tour that is scheduled to begin on May 7 in Lisbon. The tour had been due to end with a concert on June 12 at a 46,000-capacity park in Aarhus, Denmark. The rockers had added the additional dates after a busy 2015 that included a headliner appearance at Coachella in California, one of the world’s leading festivals. But Johnson’s hearing problems are just the latest of the band’s woes. AC/DC’s latest album “Rock or Bust,” released in 2014 after a six-year gap, is the first without founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who has retired due to dementia. Young’s brother Angus remains the lead guitarist — known, even at age 60, for sporting his signature schoolboy outfit.

Sad news!  Hopefully Brian is able to get on top of this, or maybe wear ear plugs..  I’ve seen AC/DC many, many, times over the years.  The last tour I caught was back in 2009; the last tour with the classic lineup that included Malcom and Phil on drums.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd. Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he’d offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out” and that he’d also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him. The 60-year-old drummer was released on bail pending a June sentencing hearing. Rudd arrived at the Tauranga court house in a sports car wearing sunglasses and a red tie, and didn’t say anything during his brief appearance other than to enter his guilty pleas. It’s unclear whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he’s been part of on-and-off for almost four decades. The band intends to use Welsh drummer Chris Slade for its upcoming “Rock or Bust” album tour but hasn’t said if that’s a long-term arrangement. By agreeing with prosecutors to enter the guilty pleas, Rudd avoided the need for a trial which was due to begin Tuesday. Prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge of threatening to kill. Earlier, citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors had dropped a murder-for-hire charge. According to the court summary, the dispute began in August on the night that Rudd released his solo album, “Head Job.” Rudd threw a party at his marina restaurant, Phil’s Place, to celebrate the launch. He was the toast of the town that night, and even the mayor of Tauranga attended. But as the night progressed, Rudd became concerned that security wasn’t tight enough. “The defendant was angry that the album launch did not go well,” the court summary said. “As a result he sacked a number of people from his employment and professional team. This included, among other people, the victim who he was particularly angry with.”

Click on the text above to read “the rest of the story.” I’ve seen AC/DC many times over the years. Phil, himself, is a pretty mediocre drummer. But, their live act focuses around their lead guitarist, Angus Young. They’re a great live act. The last time I saw them live was back in 2009 during the “Black Ice” tour. Phil was still touring with the back then…and is on their new album, “Rock or Bust,” as well. Just sounds like he blew it…again. He has a history of issues… It’s hard being famous and a gazillionaire.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with plotting murder of two people

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged in New Zealand with attempting to arrange the murders of two people.

Well, that’s a bummer!  I’m a big AC/DC fan, and have seen them MANY times over the years.  The last time was on their Black Ice tour back in 2008.  Great show!  Anyway, they just finished up their new cd which will be released next month.  So, Phil’s arrest will have no impact on that.  As for their upcoming tour…  The official response from the band’s web site says, “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”   Sooo…   I’m guessing that IF Phil has legal fallout, or jail, then the band will replace him for next year’s tour.  That’d be a disappointment.  But, this isn’t Phil’s first run-in with the law, unfortunately.

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young left band due to dementia

The rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal legends AC/DC, Malcolm Young, who announced he will no longer be playing with the band last week is suffering from dementia, People reports.

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I’m a big AC/DC fan, and have seen them many times over the years, the last time being in November 2008 in Denver for the band’s “Black Ice” tour.

Anyway, I was listening to KSHE-95, “the rock of St. Louis,” the other day…courtesy of their app, on my iPhone.. and heard about this latest update on Malcolm’s status. My understanding is that he suffered a stroke, and is also being treated for dementia. Very sad.. We wish Malcolm, and his family, all the best.