AC/DC’s Angus Young Reveals His “Rock God”

AC/DC’s Angus Young Reveals His “Rock God”
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Legendary AC/DC guitarist Angus Young has often praised the roots rockers and blues artists that laid the blueprint by which his band and so many others followed. Recently, he again credited the artist that is perhaps his No. 1 influence: Chuck Berry. “Chuck Berry was probably one of the great guitar people for rock and roll,” Young said on the BBC’s “The Rock Show With Johnnie Walker.”

“He combined a lot of elements — he combined blues, a bit of jazz and his own unique style,” Young continued. “He melded all these kind of different genres of music, but he seemed to bring it together and bring it out and it came out in that rock and roll style — so plain and simple, but it was so effective. I saw him live once when I was younger. I just loved his stage presence and how he performed. He was one of those people, when he got on a stage, he owned it.”

Young has always held Berry in high regard. He’s also praised many influential players including Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Lee Hooker and Freddie King, among others. AC/DC released their latest album, “Power Up,” in 2020. It marked the return of vocalist Brian Johnson after he was briefly replaced by Guns ’N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose due to a hearing issue. The album debuted at No. 1 in 18 countries. 

Johnson and Young appeared on “Talk Is Jericho” in December on 2020. Listen to the episode here. 

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