& MALCOLM YOUNG
That pinwheeling dervish at the front of the stage – clad in the increasingly ridiculous schoolboy outfit – has been the focal point of Acca Dacca ever since equally-charismatic singer Bon Scott shuffled off this mortal coil. And with good reason: if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve spent more than a few painstaking hours picking out the tap solo to “Thunderstruck” or getting those licks on “It’s A Long Way To The Top” in order.
But while Angus’ talents have long been the band’s calling card, Malcolm Young’s rock-solid rhythm has always been the band’s secret weapon. He’s the metronome that gave the bass and drums that necessary leeway to bring AC/DC’s songs a swing that was lacking from most hard rock bands; the anchor that allowed Angus to go off on so many flights of fretboard-fiddling fancy.
The band was dealt a body blow when, as his dementia worsened, Malcolm retired from the band in 2014. He was replaced by his and Angus’ nephew, Stevie (son of their late brother Stephen), who had previously filled in briefly when Malcom went to rehab in 1988. If Angus was the artillery of the band, Malcolm was the dependable infantry: no flashy, but full of grunt.