By Radio.com Staff
Will this fall’s run of US tour dates be the last for AC/DC?
In an new interview with Rolling Stone founding guitarist Angus Young praises Axl Rose, who has filled in on lead vocals for the band’s current dates, but acknowledges the band’s future is uncertain.
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In many ways, Young is the last man standing in the iconic group he founded.
In late 2014 it was announced that founding guitarist, and Angus’s brother, Malcom Young was suffering dementia and would no longer record or tour with the band. Angus and Malcolm’s nephew Stevie Young currently fills his uncle’s shoes.
In April of 2015 longtime drummer Phillip Rudd, plead guilty to one charge of threatening murder, as well as possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, and is no longer with the band. He was replaced by one of AC/DC’s former drummers, Chris Slade.
Earlier this year the group was forced to cancel US tour dates due to singer Brian Johnson’s battle with hearing loss (Axl Rose is currently filling in). And just last month bassist Cliff Williams stated his intention to retire from touring and recording once the current run of dates has ended.
AC/DC has had one of rock’s most unlikely second acts, scoring their biggest hits after the death of their former singer Bon Scott in 1980, but after their upcoming dates Young tells Rolling Stone he’s not sure what happens next.
“At this point, I don’t know,” he said. “We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, ‘I’m gonna do this and that,’ it’s always good to say at the end of it, ‘I’ve done all I said I would do.’”
“That was always the idea, especially when we were younger,” he continued. “Me, Malcolm, Bon. You had to show up and be on time. You’d be playing in a pub in the afternoon. Then late at night, you’d be playing a club. You got into that habit: ‘If we don’t play, we don’t eat.’”