|Estimated value:||€125 million|
|Country of origin:||Great Britain|
|Source of Wealth:||Musician|
Scottish-Australian musician Angus Young is a founding member and longtime lead guitarist of hard rock band AC/DC. In addition to his skill on the guitar, he is also known for his wild performances on stage, during which he always wears a school uniform.
Born into a working-class family in Glasgow, Scotland, as the youngest of eight children, he came into contact with music in general and rock’n’roll in particular at a very early age. His sister played him Little Richard and Elvis records, took him to a Louis Armstrong concert when Angus Young was only six years old.
His family also emigrated to Sydney in Australia early on. There he learned to play some riffs himself using an old guitar owned by his brother Malcolm. Pretty soon he bought his own electric guitar, a Gibson SG. Back then, he would go straight to the garage after school to play the guitar. He kept his school uniform, which later became his trademark.
He left school at the age of 15 and worked towards being able to buy his own complete set of electric guitars. Even then he was performing in bands, and even then he delighted his audience by showing a duckwalk while playing the guitar. This, too, would later remain another trademark of Angus Young.
Eventually, in 1973, his brother Malcolm formed AC/DC, accepting his little brother Angus Young as lead guitarist. The first single was not a success, but the foundation for a world career was laid with the formation of this band. In 1974 they brought in the singer Bon Scott, with whom they celebrated worldwide success from 1975, which lasted until Bon Scott’s death in 1980.
During this period, the muscular Bon Scott would often shoulder the slight Angus Young at concerts, from where Angus Young continued to play his impressive solos.
Bon Scott passed away in 1980. The band got a worthy successor in Brian Johnson, who was also well received by the audience. Following the two albums Back in Black from 1980 and For Those About to Rock from 1981, however, the band fell into a creative crisis. This was successfully completed in the mid-1980s.
The band, which was very productive in the 1970s, has only released four new studio albums since the 1990s. However, their concerts and tours around the world remained an absolute crowd puller. In 2014, founder Malcolm Young had to leave the band due to the consequences of a stroke, and he died in 2017. Nevertheless, AC/DC continues to exist, even if singer Brian Johnson also had to leave the band because he threatened to become deaf at further concerts. The ex-Guns’n’Roses singer, Axl Rose, was hired as a replacement for a short time. With these changes in the band’s lineup, Angus Young remains the only remaining founding member who has also been a part of the band continuously.
Although Angus Young has a huge collection of guitars, his Gibson SG remains his favorite model. In his honor, the guitar manufacturer Gibson sells three different models of a Gibson SG Signature series.
To date, AC/DC has sold around 150 million records, which, see above, has made Angus Young a rich man. But his artistic influence seems to be more important to him, which many later guitarists still state today. In addition to his virtuosity on the guitar, with which he set standards in both blues and rock, many of his fans were also impressed by his always stunningly dynamic show on stage. The school uniform is still part of Angus Young’s performances to this day, as is his duck walk, which he once improvised after falling on stage. Whether AC/DC will ever release records again is unknown. What is certain, however, is that the band has not yet officially dissolved.
“My wife says she instantly recognizes a Rolling Stones riff by the classic three chords. Very nice, I would say, but far too complex.”
“I’m really annoyed when people say we made 11 albums that all sounded the same. In reality we put out 12 albums that all sound the same.”
“A good record is one that gets you tapping your feet. I always say let your feet do the thinking.”
“I’ve got the blues in my heart and the devil in my fingers.”
Angus Young lives in Sydney, Australia, as well as in the Netherlands near the German border. His wife is Dutch.
Rolling Stone magazine ranks Angus Young as the 24th greatest guitarist of all time.
In his school bag, which he also carried with him on stage at the beginning of the time with AC/DC, there was the radio transmitter for his electric guitar, which was still quite large at the time.
|Estimated value:||€125 million|