AC/DC’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Guess I'm just more of a Bon guy. 20. "T.N.T." (High Voltage, 1976) 19. "Problem Child" (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1976) 18. "Hells Bells" (Back in Black, 1980) 17. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (Let There Be Rock, 1977) 16. "Whole Lotta Rosie" (Let There Be Rock, 1977) 15. "Gimme … Continue reading AC/DC’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

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

That time AC/DC’s Malcolm Young told me where Angus’s schoolboy outfit came from

By Steve Newton Back in '83 when I interviewed AC/DC at a Vancouver hotel before the start of the Flick of the Switch tour I asked Malcolm Young whether Angus, as a kid, ever had to wear that schoolboy outfit he's famous for. Turns out it was just a way to get attention more than … Continue reading That time AC/DC’s Malcolm Young told me where Angus’s schoolboy outfit came from