The centerpiece of “Chairman’s 2012 Spring Workout Playlist” is “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, followed by “Back in Black,” “She Shook Me All Night Long” and “Hells Bells.” I would’ve simply named the playlist “AC/DC Faves” or something like that, but intrusions by Judas Priest, Sir Mix-A-Lot and (yes) Britney Spears rendered that moot. Although I’ve never been to an AC/DC concert, you can consider me a fan … much in the same way that you could also consider me a Dave Matthews Band nerd for a while. That abruptly ended when I discovered the bass on my speakers were set on negative since 1999.
I was deeply saddened when I learned that AC/DC founding guitarist Malcolm Young is battling severe dementia and will not be returning to the rock band as it embarks on a tour this fall to promote its latest album, “Rock or Bust.” I didn’t think it was possible for this Aussie – 61 years young – to get old.
One positive thing out of all this – Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie, who played rhythm guitar on the “Rock or Bust” recording, will step in for his uncle for the 2015 tour.
This Hump Day, Truman salutes Malcolm with one of our mutual faves. Along with songs like Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” this offering resides on Pandora’s “Classic Rock Workout” playlist – powering me through my sizzling, 9-minute mile pace in the neighborhood.