By Steve Newton
When I interviewed AC/DC‘s Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson back in 1983 I asked Malcolm if he ever had a hankering to step out and play a lead-guitar solo once in a while.
As expected, his response was along the lines of, “Why bother when you’ve got a guy like Angus around?”
Have a listen:
(ya gotta crank the volume a bit. It’s AC/DC, after all)
And for those who have difficulty making out the conversation with those wacky AC/DC accents, here’s the transcription:
ME: Do you ever get the urge to step out and play lead, Malcolm?
YOUNG: Yeah! (laughter from bandmates and entourage). They’ve got this big hook umbrella to pull me back in.
JOHNSON: “That’s enough Young! Four chords a second and that’s it.”
ME: But you don’t play much lead…
YOUNG: Aw, I just tinkle. I mean you can’t outdo Angus, you know. It’s a difficult one.”
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