ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was interviewed on the January 19-21 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show.
Asked how AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young influenced his playing and how he was affected by Malcolm‘s passing, Scott said: “I don’t want it to sound weird, but it wasn’t a shock [to hear that he had died]. I mean, people knew — I knew that he had been sick for a long time with a disease that, generally, you don’t come back from. So it was one of these just-a-matter-of-time kind of things, which is just a huge bummer.
“I had actually talked to a friend of mine at the Loudwire [Music] Awards, who’s very close with the AC/DC camp, just to ask if he had heard anything. Because there was no information out there — there was never any information on how Malcolm was doing. And he said he had spoken to someone and from what he had heard, [Malcolm] didn’t have long, and that was, like, three weeks before he passed. So I wasn’t surprised, but at the same time, that doesn’t temper how sad it was and what a huge bummer it is that that guy is no longer with us doing what he pretty much was put on this planet to do.”
Ian continued: “I’m the type of person that celebrates people when they go. I don’t sit around and do the whole mourning thing and all that. I prefer to celebrate it, so we cranked AC/DC — we put ‘Let There Be Rock’ on and just cranked it. And that’s what I’ve always done; it’s never going to change. So we’ll have all of those records for… I’ll have ’em for the rest of my life, obviously. Anytime I think about Malcolm, I can go put something on.