Angus Young Explains If There Is A Top-Secret Recording Of Bon Scott Singing ‘Back In Black’ Songs


AC/DC guitarist Angus Young spoke in a recent interview with Paste Magazine and talked about the contribution of Bon Scott for the Back In Black album.

As you might remember, due to alcohol poisoning, legendary singer Bon Scott passed away in 1980 at the age of 33 just before AC/DC recorded the legendary Back In Black album that hit the whole world.

Because of the small period of time between the death of Scott and the release of Back In Black, most people thought that there should be unreleased vocal records of Scott for the demo of Back In Black. However, Angus denied all the claims.

In the conversation, Angus stated that they were switching with Malcolm to play drums when they were trying to write the songs, and this time, Bon Scott helped them to play the drums and finish the demos. Unfortunately, he passed away before recording the vocals.

Interviewer said:

“This is probably urban mythology. But every once in a while you meet someone whose sister knew someone who was with someone at some music industry party, where somebody actually played a top-secret recording of Bon Scott singing some ‘Back in Black’ songs before he died.”

Angus Young replied:

“Yeah, But no. There’s never been one. Bon never really got the chance. At the time, me and Malcolm were writing songs, which became the songs for ‘Back in Black.’ We were in London in a rehearsal room, and Bon had come down, too.

And what used to happen was, me and Malcolm would get together and get a drum kit, and Malcolm would get behind the drums sometimes, and I’d get on the guitar and just tap out a riff. Or other times, Malcolm would get on the guitar and he’d get me to just knock out a simple beat on the drums.

Anyhow, we were working away, and it was on an intro which was actually what became the intro for ‘Hells Bells.’ So Bon showed up, and Malcolm said, ‘Oh, great, Bon! You can get behind the kit!'”

He added:

“Because originally, Bon started as a drummer. So Bon got behind the drum kit so we could try and work out this intro, how we wanted to do it. So we sorted that out how we wanted, and the other one was ‘Have a Drink on Me,’ a riff Malcolm was playing around with. So we worked out the intro on that and how the song was gonna go.

So he had Bon tapped to do a demo for that. So that was it, really. If you were looking up what Bon had done, it was really just to help us with those demos on the drums.

And he even said to us, as we were knocking off in the night time, ‘Look, we’ll hook up next week.’ He’d been working on some lyrics, and said, ‘We’ll hook up next week and maybe the three of us can just start going through stuff.’ But unfortunately, he passed before that…”

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