That time I asked AC/DC which songs they most liked doing live and Malcolm said it was all about the kids

By Steve Newton Okay, this is probably the last audio excerpt I'm gonna post from that old interview I did with AC/DC back in '83. You people must be getting sick of them by now. It's a short one, at least. It's from when I was interviewing Malcolm, Brian, and new drummer Simon Wright, and … Continue reading That time I asked AC/DC which songs they most liked doing live and Malcolm said it was all about the kids

That time I asked Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson what their fave tunes were on Flick of the Switch

By Steve Newton I've been reading Mick Wall's 2012 book about AC/DC, Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, and today I got to the part about the band recording 1983's Flick of the Switch, which the author reckons is AC/DC's worst album ever. I will admit it's no Powerage, but hey--the title track is … Continue reading That time I asked Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson what their fave tunes were on Flick of the Switch

That time Malcolm Young told me that if AC/DC started looking a little “cabaret” they wouldn’t be around much longer

By Steve Newton When I interviewed some of the guys from AC/DC back in '83, on the eve of the Flick of the Switch tour, I asked them which groups they liked listening to in their spare time. Both Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young mentioned ZZ Top. "I just like their attitude and all ya … Continue reading That time Malcolm Young told me that if AC/DC started looking a little “cabaret” they wouldn’t be around much longer

That time Malcolm Young told me what inspired AC/DC’s “Bedlam in Belgium” and how “music tames the beast”

By Steve Newton When I interviewed Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson at their Vancouver hotel room in 1983 it was less than two months since the release of AC/DC's eighth internationally released studio album, Flick of the Switch. One of the more intriguing tracks on the LP, the third one to feature Johnson on vocals, was "Bedlam … Continue reading That time Malcolm Young told me what inspired AC/DC’s “Bedlam in Belgium” and how “music tames the beast”

That time Malcolm Young told me that his biggest influences were “the old rockers” and early Clapton

By Steve Newton I love listening to these old soundbites of me hangin' out with AC/DC's Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson at a Vancouver hotel room, sippin' tea and chattin' it up. The vast majority of interviews I've done since getting into the music-writing game back in '82 with Vancouver's Georgia Straight newspaper have been done … Continue reading That time Malcolm Young told me that his biggest influences were “the old rockers” and early Clapton

Hangin’ with AC/DC while Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young talk Bon Scott

By Steve Newton I guess one of the cooler in-person interviews I've ever done was that time back in October of '83 when I hung out with three members of AC/DC--singer Brian Johnson, rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, and then-new drummer Simon Wright--at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. The Aussie earbusters were in town to launch … Continue reading Hangin’ with AC/DC while Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young talk Bon Scott

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joked about hearing loss back in 1983

By Steve Newton The biggest news in the rock world recently has revolved around AC/DC having to hire Axl Rose to take the place of Brian Johnson for the remainder of its Rock or Bust World Tour. Johnson, the band's singer since replacing Bon Scott in 1980, had to leave the band--or got tossed out, depending … Continue reading AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joked about hearing loss back in 1983