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Not to get too dark here, but what would you say to a person if you knew you were talking to them for the very last time? Can’t think of an answer? I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t know what to say either. It’s something that no one really wants to even think about, let alone experience. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade experienced with the late, great Malcolm Young.
During a recent interview with EonMusic, Chris opened about the last phone call he had with Malcolm. He seems to remember it word for word, but unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like their final conversation was on the best of circumstances. Here is what he had to say…
“I got a call from Malcolm saying, ‘We’re going to try Phil (Rudd) out,’. ‘Apparently he’s straightened himself up, and we’re going to try him out.’ And I went, ‘Well, I’m gone then, Malcolm … ’ And he said, ‘No, no, we want you to stay on; we don’t even know if he can play drums anymore, because it’s been a while.’
And I said, ‘And you’re going to try him out?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, well, we’ve talked to him.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m gone, and if he can’t play drums, that’s your problem now, Malcolm.’”
It’s truly unfortunate that their last conversation wasn’t all that positive, it’s certainly not how any of us would want a last conversation to play out. Even to this day, Malcolm remains one of the most iconic and influential guitarists that ever lived. He was often imitated; yet never duplicated. He was one of the best, pure and simple.