Say it ain’t so? AC/DC’s closing show for the band’s Rock or Bust tour on September 20th might very well be the group’s farewell show. When asked about the band’s future, guitarist Angus Young says he isn’t sure what his plans will be following the current tour.
Angus told Rolling Stone, “We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after?”
Young covered a whole host of topics during the interview including: the condition of his older brother and founder member Malcolm Young; how Axl Rose has been handling the job as lead singer following the replacement of frontman Brian Johnson; and also, bassist Cliff Williams’ decision to retire from the band when the current tour comes to a close.
Talking about his brother Malcolm, who retired from the band because of the onset of dementia, Angus revealed, “It’s hard to communicate, I do pass on messages. I can’t be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him.”
Young had great things to say about singer Axl Rose. He took over lead singer duties with AC/DC in May when Brian Johnson was ruled out due to major hearing-loss issues. Angus said: “He’s been really good. He prepares himself, ready to go. We sit and chew the fat before we get on, work out what songs we want to do.”
As for Brian Johnson, Young said that the singer’s hearing was giving him trouble during the band’s rehearsals for the tour’s opening shows at the 2015 Coachella festival and just kept getting worse.
Young went on to say that bassist Cliff Williams had made it known before they had started touring that this tour would be his last.
Rolling Stone also asked the guitar hero whether he’d like to collaborate with any other musicians should AC/DC call it a day. Angus replied: “I’d sit down with Keith Richards…He’s a rhythm guy like [Malcolm].”