If you missed the news about AC/DC from Saturday morning, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Malcolm Young passed away at 64 years old.
Now AC/DC, I love them. They’ll never be my favourite band, but they do hold a very special place in my heart because without them I don’t think I would have fallen in love with rock and roll like I have, and I don’t think I would be working here at Q107.
To me, AC/DC is the one of the best things that has ever happened to rock music. Not because of how talented they were or anything, but because they were the gateway band for a generation. They are the band that got a lot of millennials in to rock, myself included.
If you don’t believe me, here’s a bar full of 20 somethings singing along to an impromptu cover of “Shook Me All Night Long”. The band even stops at 1:26 but the crowd keeps on going.
Also props to that guitarist for just being able to bust out that solo note for note on a song he didn’t even know they were going to play.
Now I always knew about rock and how good it was; it’s all my dad ever listened too, and I credit him more than anyone for shaping my musical tastes. But it wasn’t until I started listening to AC/DC that I realized what rock had to offer. I knew about Zeppelin, and I knew about the Beatles, Van Halen, Motely Crue. I knew about all of them, but it was AC/DC that got me to really listen.
Back in 2003 I was in either grade 5 or 6 (I know, I know, I’m young), a movie called School Of Rock came out. You know the one, Jack Black pretending to be a teacher to teach kids music. Great movie.
They play a lot of great music in the movie: The Doors, Zeppelin and AC/DC. Just really solid tunes. And I remember afterwards, everyone, all the boys in my grade, just getting really in to AC/DC. There was just something about them, and we’d all fill up our 8 song MP3 players and just listen to them constantly.
That was back in the day when if you wanted music you had to go download it. So when you wanted some new AC/DC to listen to, you had to hop on to LimeWire and hope that “AC/DC-BackINBlack-(FULLSONG)9-Track 6.mp3” was actually Back in Black.
Usually it was, but if it wasn’t that was probably okay too, because it would end up being some Black Sabbath and then you’d start to listen to them. Or maybe it was some Stones, and you’d get hooked on them. Whatever song it ended up being was probably close enough to AC/DC that you’d give it a chance, and expand your musical tastes just a little bit.
AC/DC is never going to be the most talented, or the most innovative, or the hardest rock band in the world, but they’re just enough of all those things that they could appeal to anyone who was even remotely interested in rock. They got me listening, really listening, to rock and I fell in love.
I fell hard.
And so did so many others. So on behalf of all of us, thank you AC/DC. For everything.