When AC/DC started work on “PWR/UP,” Angus Young said the upcoming album would feature guitar tracks recorded by his brother, Angus Young, before he died in 2017. However, now that the album is completely and almost ready to be released, there isn’t a single note of Malcolm’s guitar work anywhere on it.
Explaining the omission, Angus says he ultimately decided against using his brother’s old tracks because he didn’t think Malcolm would have approved. “I know a lot of people have been saying, ‘Did Malcolm actually play? Is it his instrument on the new album?’” Young says. “I chose not to do that because I felt Malcolm himself wouldn’t like me trying to splice his guitar work.”
That’s not to say the late guitarist is completely absent from the upcoming album. “Malcolm and myself –- a lot of what we had done through the years, we’d make notes with the tracks,” Young says. “Some might be a little bit rough here and there, and I polished them up. The bulk of the contribution of Mal is mainly musical.” “PWR/UP” is due November 13th.