AC/DC’s Angus Young Says Jimmy Page Was Good But Hendrix Was On Another Level
In a recent interview, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young compared Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page as he was speaking about his early musical influences, and said Jimi Hendrix is on another level on guitar.
The co-founder, lead guitarist, and the only constant member of AC/DC, Angus Young is a successful and renown rock n’ roll legend. As is known, he and his older brother Malcolm Young formed the legendary rock band AC/DC which had sold over 200 million albums worldwide, 50 million of which is just the album ‘Back To Black’.
As of September 2020, after the return of Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, and Cliff Williams, they had released the single ‘Shot In The Dark’ from their new album ‘Power Up’ in October 2020 and they released the album which they dedicated to Malcolm Young on November 13, 2020.
As you may have perceived, Young’s guitar style has the tones of blues and rock n’ roll. In most of the sources, he claims he is primarily influenced by blues guitar players Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, along with his brother Malcolm Young and Freddie King. Apart from a musical influence, Chuck Berry was also an influence on him with his performing ways like his banter talk and duck walk. Young also indicated that Keith Richards had an influence over him.
In an interview by Guitar magazine from Germany, he mentioned his musical inspirations which he was influenced early on in his career. He said that when he was 13 or 14 years old, he heard of Jimi Hendrix and was fascinated as he listened to ‘Purple Haze’. Young then added that he thought Jimmy Page was really good after he saw that he had become the Yardbirds’ guitarist. But when Jimi Hendrix came along, he stated that he thought Hendrix was on another level.
Young said in the interview that:
“Around when I was about 13 [or] 14, that’s when Jimi Hendrix appeared on the horizon. And when I first heard the song ‘Purple Haze’, I was totally enthralled: ‘How’s he doing that?’ I was just so impressed with it. Plus, Malcolm, my brother, there were a few shows we had also seen. We had gone, the two of us together, and we had seen people like the band The Yardbirds; they had come to Australia.
And at the time, the lineup had just changed. I think they originally used to have Jeff Beck. But then, later on, when we saw them, they didn’t have Jeff Beck; they had Jimmy Page on guitar. So that was good, because at that time, that kind of sound, especially for guitar, it jumped out at you, the sound of it. So that was really good. But then when along came Hendrix, you kind of went, ‘Woah! This is another level on guitar.’ So I was very much a fan of that.”
You can see the full interview in the video below.