Alice Cooper, Five Finger Death Punch & More on AC/DC's Influence
Last month, news broke that hard rock kings AC/DC were possibly retiring. Although those rumors turned out to be false, they did say that guitarist Malcolm Young is ill and will not be playing with the band when they reconvene this May.
At the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Fuse caught up with a host of metal acts to get their take on what the legacy of AC/DC means to them.
Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory has a very personal connection to the Aussie rockers. "I grew up behind the Iron Curtain so to speak [in Hungary] and we had one radio channel," Bathory tells Fuse. "It never played anything but classical music and communist propaganda. AC/DC was the breakthrough: It was the first rock they ever played. There was a national celebration. That was my first AC/DC experience."
"When we first saw them, they opened for us," Alice Cooper recalls. "Last time I went to see AC/DC, we walked into the room and they jumped up and said, 'We used to open for you!' They've always been that great band that can just live on those four or five chords. They have so much power."
Sixx:A.M.'s James Michael concurs. "When I first decided I wanted to be in a rock band and was picking up the guitar, that's what i was learning: AC/DC songs. I dreamed of being everything that they were."
Other acts that weigh in include Suicide Silence and filmmaker Sam Dunn. Watch the video above.