AC/DC talks Phil Rudd’s arrest and Malcolm Young’s departure on Howard

As the trailblazers of heavy metal, the band AC/DC has quite the history. Since 1973, the band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has changed its line-up more times than Kim Kardashian has been married, and has been labelled as one of the greatest rock bands of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV (before it only showed reruns of The Hills).

Did you know the band also has a potential Tony Soprano sitch on its hands?

That’s right. Drummer Paul Rudd was recently accused of murder-for-hire. So when AC/DC members Angus Young and Brian Johnson recently stopped by on the Howard Stern Show to discuss that and Rock or Bust (which comes out Dec. 2), you can guess which topic the King of All Media wanted to tackle.

“Well Howard, with drummers, they come with a safety belt and a straight jacket,” Angus Young joked. “I fell out of bed, actually [when I found out about the arrest]. My wife woke me up and they said, ‘Hey, Phil’s been up to no good.'”

Stern also asked the band about Malcolm Young, Angus Young’s older brother and the founder of AC/DC. He left the band permanently in April after being diagnosed with dementia. The current band members said they had noticed changes in his behavior while making their last album, Black Ice.

“Unfortunately, it’s a stinkin’ thing that just hits anybody. It could be anybody,” Young said of his brother’s condition. “[We started noticing he wasn’t well] when we made the last album. He was always very organized, and then he was kind of disoriented a lot … When he first got diagnosed with this condition, I said to him, ‘Do you want to keep going with this?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, [I’ll] keep going until I can’t do it.'”

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