After a couple of teases for what appears to be a new album on the way, AC/DC have confirmed their return. The last time the band performed in 2016 it was only Angus Young and Cliff Williams of the classic line-up on stage. But then with the bassist announcing his retirement and Malcolm Young’s death a year later, it looked like AC/DC was over.
After all, Brian Johnson had hearing problems, so Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose took over the vocals on the Rock or Bust World Tour.
While drummer Phil Rudd had legal issues so wasn’t able to play drums.
But now, four years later and AC/DC have announced they are well and truly back.
Posting on their social media accounts, the band return with Angus Young on lead guitar and Brian Johnson on lead vocals.
Plus Cliff Williams, out of retirement, on bass guitar, Phil Rudd on drums and Stevie Young on rhythm guitar.
Interestingly, the post says PWR UP, so perhaps “Power Up” is the title of their new album?
Back in July, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider gave an exciting update on AC/DC’s upcoming new record, which will presumably be their seventeenth studio album.
Speaking with ABC, he said: “This is gonna be a miracle of technology.”
He added: “What will be achieved, the reuniting of the band that we know for one more album, is gonna be uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.
“Because nothing goes on forever. But this is the ultimate ‘one more time.’”
Snider previously tweeted in December: “All four surviving members have reunited WITH tracks recorded by Malcolm while he was still alive.
“Malcolm’s nephew Stevie Young is replacing him (he’s done this a couple of times before). It’s as close as you can get to the original band.”
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With Malcolm’s tracks included, it sounds like the long-rumoured album will be similar to Queen’s Made In Heaven.
The 1995 album was released four years after Freddie Mercury’s death and included his posthumous vocals.
What with a 1pm announcement every day this week, hopefully, AC/DC will confirm a new album tomorrow or Friday.
And then maybe they’re even be back touring in 2021 if the pandemic allows it?
Earlier this month, Brian shared his hopes for more touring.
Speaking on Joe Walsh’s Old Fashioned Rock N’ Roll, the 72-year-old said: “It would be lovely just to get out there, stand on that stage, and just give it everything you’ve got.”
It’s going to be the biggest roar you’ll ever hear in your life, when any band, anywhere in the world, stands up there.
“It’s going to be brilliant!”
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