On Wednesday, April 23, the sixth edition of the Revolver Golden Gods awards took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the event, Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! hit the “black carpet” to ask varios metal and hard rock musicians for their opinions on whether AC/DC should continue without Malcolm Young.
The following artists and music industry heavyweights appear in the video below:
* Wendy Dio (Ronnie’s James Dio’s wife/manager)
* Neil Portnow (President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation President/CEO)
* Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, ex-DOWN)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, ex-PANTERA, DOWN)
* Sin Quirin (MINISTRY)
* Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
* Evan Seinfeld (ATTIKA 7, BIOHAZARD)
Wendy Dio: “Absolutely. They are a legend.”
Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, ex-DOWN): “No. Not this far in. I know he had a few problems with drinking years ago and his nephew or someone had to fill in for a few tours while he got sober. It’s just my opinion but my God, it’s AC/DC, what else do they have to prove?”
Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, ex-PANTERA): “No. There’s no AC/DC without Malcolm.”
As previously reported, AC/DC may have enlisted Stevie Young, the nephew of guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, to take Malcolm‘s place in the band as they gear up to record their 16th studio album. According to The Pulse Of Radio, an AC/DC fan named Jeff Lorenz posted a photo that he took of the band in Vancouver, where they are recording, saying that Stevie was visible in the picture. Another fan tweeted back, “Ok so there we have it. Welcome #StevieYoung to @AC_DC – all the best guys, do it for Mal!” The photo was later removed.
Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
Legend has it that Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn’t even know Malcolm had left the tour.
AC/DC confirmed widespread reports last month that Malcolm was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke.
The legendary Australian act stated that it will “continue to make music,” and began recording sessions with producer Brendan O’Brien last week. Plans for a 40th anniversary tour remain unclear.