From Planet Rock.
Brian Johnson has ‘confirmed’ he is back in the AC/DC fold and is recording a new album with the band.
Rumours that both Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd had rejoined forces with AC/DC exploded last August when photos emerged online that depicted the singer, drummer and engineer Mike Fraser outside Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios where Stevie and Angus Young were also spotted that week.
The rumours were intensified weeks later when JAM Magazine quoted sources who claimed that the new AC/DC album will be dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Young and feature his distinctive rhythm guitar playing lifted from recording sessions several years before ‘Black Ice’.
True to form, AC/DC have remained quiet about their future plans, however, grindcore trio Terrorizer have now claimed that Brian let the cat out of the bag when they bumped into him at an airport this week.
Terrorizer wrote on Monday (28th January): “We ran into Brian Johnson from AC/DC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumours of him being on the new AC/DC album and he said ‘yes’ and that he is ‘sick of denying it.’ So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour.”
Brian Johnson performing with AC/DC in February 2016 © Getty
Brian, of course, was replaced by Axl Rose for the final European and North American dates of AC/DC’s Rock or Bust World Tour in 2016 after doctors told him to quit performing live or risk total hearing loss.
Phil Rudd was replaced by Chris Slade in 2015 due to his ongoing legal quagmire and subsequent house arrest.
As recently as February 2018, Brian reflected upon his 36-year tenure with AC/DC, saying: “On stage, it was getting harder and harder to hear the guitars, even hear the keys, and I was basically going on muscle memory.
“And I’m not the kind of guy who likes to cheat. The way I look at it, I had a great run.”
Phil Rudd, meanwhile, has made no secret of the fact he’d like to rejoin AC/DC. “I’d like to be involved with Angus again, maybe on the next album or something,” he told Finland’s Kaaos TV in April 2017.
“But I still have some traveling restrictions, and I’m not sure if I can go to America or not. I’ve got some lawyers doing some work so I can go back to America, but I’m not too sure. So I have some limitations on what I can do, and I’m just making the best of my situation at the moment.”
It’s currently unclear who will play bass on the new AC/DC album after Cliff Williams quit the band in September 2016.
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AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - Japanese - vinyl LP - £75.00, $91.50, €83.25 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jan-2020 13:28)
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976 Japanese Atlantic 9-track vinyl LP, colour picture sleeve complete with Japanese biography insert, lyric sheet and logo/discography obi-strip. The sleeve displays just a little light signs of age whilst thevinyl looks barely played P-10994A)
AC/DC - If You Want Blood - Japanese - vinyl LP - £65.00, $79.30, €72.15 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jan-2020 11:37)
AC/DC If You Want Blood (1978 Japanese 10-track LP, back pasted picture sleeve complete with Japanese text biography / lyric insert & red band logo obi-strip. The sleeve has only minimal wear whilst the vinyl has very little signs of play. A niceexample of this now very hard to find pressing P-10618A)
AC/DC - Flick Of The Switch - EX - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 15:22)
AC/DC Flick Of The Switch (1983 German 10-track vinyl LP, the ninth studio album from the famed Australian sons & third post-Bon Scott, complete with credits inner, embossed picture sleeve. The predominately white sleeve shows a little discolouring & shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with light signs of play)
AC/DC - Fly On The Wall - Hype Stickered - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 15:10)
AC/DC Fly On The Wall (1985 German 10-track vinyl LP, the tenth studio album by the Australian rock legends, including the single Danger, complete with illustrated lyric inner, hype-stickered picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with little evidence of play)
AC/DC - Highway To Hell - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 15:08)
AC/DC Highway To Hell (1979 UK 10-track vinyl LP, the first album to be produced by Robert John 'Mutt' Lange and sadly the last with lead singer Bon Scott, including the classic title track and If You Want Blood [You Got It], picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light edge scuffing, whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play K50628)
AC/DC - Shake Your Foundations - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 15:07)
AC/DC Shake Your Foundations (1986 UK 3-track 12" single, also including Stand Up & a live version of Jailbreak, recorded in Dallas; picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor wear and, aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition A9474T)
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2020 15:05)
AC/DC Let There Be Rock (1984 German 8-track LP, the fourth studio album by the Australian rock legends, originally released in 1977, also the last to feature bassist Mark Evans, glossy picture sleeve with ATL50366 catalogue number & K50366 onthe labels. The sleeve has just a little light edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played ATL50366)
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust - 180Gram - Lenticular - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $61.00, €55.50 (New Item) (arrived 17-Dec-2019 14:03)
AC/DC Rock Or Bust (2014 UK limited edition 11-track LP pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl. The band's first studio album in six years & their first without guitarist & founding member Malcolm Young, featuring the singles Rock Or Bust and Play Ball. This edition of the album comes in a deluxe lenticular gatefold picture sleeve, also includes a copy of the full album on Compact Disc. This example remains factory sealed from new in the hype-stickered shrink)
AC/DC - Fly On The Wall - 180 Gram - Sealed Golden Sticker - US - vinyl LP - £25.00, $30.50, €27.75 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jul-2019 16:37)
AC/DC Fly On The Wall (2003 US 10-track LP pressed on Audiophile Quality 180 gram Vinyl, remastered from the original master tapes, originally released in 1985, includes Sink The Pink, Shake Your Foundations & Hell Or High Water, picture sleeve with newly-designed photo inner sleeve. This example remains factory sealed with the golden hype sticker on the front, mint and unplayed)