If Angus Young wasn’t already inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his skill with a Gibson SG guitar, he would have gotten in on pure showmanship.
Born Angus McKinnon Young March 31, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, he dropped out of school at 15 and settled in Sydney with his parents and older brothers Malcolm and George. He started playing the banjo at a young age before moving on to a second-hand Gibson purchased by his mother.
Together Angus and Malcolm Young formed AC/DC in 1973. The band has gone through several members in the nearly 40 years since its inception, but always with Angus and Malcolm providing ample riffs from their respective guitars.
Albums like “High Voltage” and “Highway to Hell” built the band’s rock star credibility but 1980’s “Back in Black” solidified the group as hall of famers. The album would go on to become the third highest-selling of all time behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
Young has continually used various styles of Gibson guitars throughout his career. He’s even collaborated with the company to produce stylized and individual versions based on his input.
In addition to his prowess with a guitar, Young is known for his limitless energy and enthusiasm on stage. Stepping into the limelight in his trademark school-boy outfit, the 5-feet-2-inch Young compliments his power chords with insane jumps, cross-stage sprints, “planned spasms” and a Chuck Berry inspired duck walk.
- John Milligan / 98.5 WNCX