Posted: 25 November, 2014
AC/DC's front man Brian Johnsons and lead guitarist Angus Young talked to Triple M ahead of the release of their 17th studio LP 'Rock or Bust'.
AC/DC on the Black Ice Tour: Getty Images
At Triple M, AC/DC pumps through our veins, it’s part of our DNA. So when we got the chance to exclusively interview the indelible Angus Young and Brian Johnson we were bloody excited.
Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team, Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus Worland had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Angus Young and Brian Johnson ahead of the release of AC/DC's 17th studio album Rock or Bust which is out this Friday.
We went through everything from the bad old days of growing up in Burwood, playing in Sydney with Bon Scott through to the new album and their favourite Acca Dacca songs, albums and riffs.
"Angus, mate, it’s your 17th studio album, jeez you must be tired!" joked Matty.
"Haha thank you for that vote of confidence, hey I do my best," Angus responded
"There’s 11 tracks on the new album, all very short and punchy, was that deliberate?" asked Gus.
"That’s what we wanted, we just wanted to pack as much punch into each track as we’ve done and Brendan and Brian he was the one saying ‘yeah we’ve got to keep everyone interested, keep a lot of interest, we don’t want people to be bored we want them to hear excitement all the way through’ so that’s what we went for,' " Angus explained.
"We love you big time mate, you know that and watching a bit of footage of you guys just over the last few days, it all started in a little suburb called Burwood right here in Sydney, Angus," said MG.
"That’s right, I always said if you made it big in Burwood you’ll make it big anywhere," Angus joked.
Listen To The Full Interview With Brian Johnson & Angus Young
Brian Johnson On Bon Scott
As the original leader of AC/DC Bon Scott was reviled as one of the greatest front men in rock and roll. The boys also asked Brian about if he was nervous filling those huge boots after his unfortunate passing in 1980.
"It's an understatement, I was one of Bon's biggest fans I thought he was a great poet, great with words, he was brilliant and a great singer and a great front man, a great showman but when you go out to do these things you can't duck and dive once you're in that position, we just went out and did it and it was just brilliant."
"The fans were great, I knew I had a tough act to follow but, you know, the band were great everybody was great," explained Brian.
There's also a great (NSFW) story about how Bon was first recruited to the band that was taken from their recent interview with Howard Stern on American TV.
Recently Released "Rock or Bust" Music Video
AC/DC - "Rock or Bust" music video: YouTube/acdcVEVO
Angus Young & Brian Johnson - Favourite AC/DC Albums, Songs & Riffs
It's something that we've always wanted to know and always wanted to ask the boys. What're there favourite albums, song and riffs.
"My favourite song, well it's a biased one it's "Shook Me All Night Long" because it's the first song I wrote with the boys, it was the first song I recorded with the boys and it was on "Back In Black". It's a tough question to answer but Back In Black it changed my life so I would say Back In Black [for favourite album]," said Brian.
"I think for me it would probably be the song that kicked it all off, I mean, I think the first big song that we ever really had especially in Aussie was probably "Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock And Roll" or as some people say 'long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll'," laughed Angus.
First Video From Their New Album "Play Ball"
AC/DC - "Play Ball" music video: YouTube/acdcVEVO
AC/DC's 17th studio album Rock or Bust comes out in Australia on Friday 28th Nov.
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