AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark”
AC/DC are switched on again. Last week, the Australian rock institution announced that singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, and bassist Cliff Williams were all official members of the band once again, joining lead guitarist Angus Young and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm. And this reunited version of the band, which is as close to the classic AC/DC lineup as they can possibly get, has been teasing a new album called Power Up, their first since 2014’s Rock Or Bust.
That means that it’s also the first AC/DC album since the death of Malcolm Young. “This record is pretty much a dedication to Malcolm, my brother,” Angus told Rolling Stone. “It’s a tribute for him like Back In Black was a tribute to Bon Scott.” Johnson added, “Malcolm was always there. As Angus would say, the band was his idea. Everything in it ran through him. He was always there in your minds or just your thoughts. I still see him in my own way. I still think about him. And then in the studio when we’re doing it, you have to be careful when you look around because he seems to be there.”
Although Power Up was recorded in late 2018 and early 2019, many of the songs date back to the period around Black Ice in 2008, and every track is credited to Angus and Malcolm Young. Today, they’re finally sharing “Shot In The Dark,” the LP’s hard-riffing lead single. “It’s got that great AC/DC vibe about it, great swagger, and a good AC/DC rock & roll chant,” says Angus. “The title is a little bit cheeky because we all like a little nip [of alcohol] in the night or a few shots in the dark. I was very glad when the record company heard it [that] they felt it was a very strong song and should be the first one that people hear.” Listen below.
Power Up is out 11/13.