AC/DC’s Angus Young disrespects The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards in newly unearthed interview
In a newly unearthed interview from the band’s heyday, the iconic AC/DC guitarist, Angus Young, has been found to be throwing some serious shade at fellow guitar legend and rock impresario Keith Richards.
In the interview, Young sheds light on a burgeoning competition the bands must’ve faced and seemingly puts down The Rolling Stones as boring performers, saying that if he was at a Rolling Stones show he’d “yawn my head off” and would “end up walking out the bar”.
Alternative Nation reports that Young was quoted as saying in the Classic Rock interview, “The Rolling Stones get up and play soul music these days, and this is supposed to be rock’n’roll. Leave that to the people who do it best, the [African Americans].”
An unsettling sentiment in this day and age, but one that was likely aimed at the creative engine behind the band. Keith Richards, who has long associated with the ‘black’ culture of R’n’B. He continued, “If the Stones played what they do best, they’d be a helluva lot better and they’d probably find themselves at ease.”
He also said, “I don’t know anybody who’s gone to see any of those serious bands who’ve enjoyed it. They may say it was great, that the music was good, but somewhere during that set they were bored and were too scared to admit it.” Young was not too shy to hold back during the band’s fast-paced rock days and took some shots along the way.
Young continued to take aim at the musical elite of London and New York, artists like Clapton and the Stones who were all preoccupied with the sanctity of music. A musical tradition that Young was not concerned with upkeeping, “If I went to see somebody that was ‘musical’, I’d yawn my head off. I’d end up walking out to the bar. Bands like Yes would be a bore to see, unless they had some Sheila strippin’ off.”
It’s a mark of Young’s ethos and creativity and something we can’t imagine bothering Keith too much back then and almost certainly wouldn’t now. So let’s enjoy Angus doing what he does best, playing the guitar.