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 For Those About To Rock [We Salute You] (1982 UK 12" vinyl single, also including the Full 11:30 Version of Let There Be Rock recorded live in December 1981. The picture sleeve has the UK tour dates printed on reverse and shows just light signs of shelfwear with a sticker mark, while the vinyl looks barely played K11721T)
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AC/DC Highway To Hell (1979 UK 10-track LP, the first album to be produced by Robert John 'Mutt' Lange & sadly the last with lead singer Bon Scott, including the classic title track & If You Want Blood [You Got It]. The glossy picture sleeve shows the odd light crease from ring wear & the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play K50628)
- AC/DC - Powerage - Cold hearted Man - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 16-Feb-2021 13:31)
AC/DC Powerage (1978 UK 9-track LP, the fifth studio album by the Australian rockers, featuring a different running order with the opening track Gimme A Bullet, without Rock N Roll Damnation included, instead features Cold Hearted Man. The glossy picture sleeve shows some minor ring wear scuffing & the vinyl is Excellent & appears barely played K50483)
- AC/DC - Danger - UK - shaped picture disc - £75.00, $102.00, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 09-Feb-2021 11:06)
AC/DC Danger (Scarce 1985 UK limited edition fly shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also including Back In Business, housed in the original hype stickered clear PVC sleeve A9532P)
- AC/DC - Nervous Shakedown - UK - shaped picture disc - £50.00, $68.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 09-Feb-2021 11:03)
AC/DC Nervous Shakedown (Rare 1984 UK limited edition 7" shaped Picture Disc single, also featuring Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution recorded live in November 1983. The disc shows no tea staining which commonly bedevils picture discs from the 80s, leaving it a nice Near Mint example A9651P)
- AC/DC - Nervous Shakedown - EX - UK - shaped picture disc - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 03-Feb-2021 14:27)
AC/DC Nervous Shakedown (Rare 1984 UK limited edition 7" shaped Picture Disc single, also featuring Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution recorded live in November 1983. The disc shows a little mild tea staining, not uncommon for picture discs from the 80s, this was due to being overheated during manufacture however has no effect on playblack, and this example shows only light signs of play A9651P)
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AC/DC For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981 Dutch 10-track vinyl LP, their seventh internationally released studio album and the second with Brian Johnson on vocals, embossed bronze effect gatefold picture sleeve with a live photo acrossthe centre spread. The sleeve has a sticker mark, a corner crease and minor storage marks, whilst the vinyl remains EX-/VG+ with few signs of play K50851)
- AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jan-2021 08:43)
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video (1990 UK issue of the 1988 10-track LP, pressed in Germany for the European market, the tenth international studio album by the Australian rockers, produced by Harry Vanda & George Young & the last to feature drummer Simon Wright, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minor edge wear & the vinyl has just a few light scuffs to indicate play WX144)
- AC/DC - Money Talks + Flyer - UK - 12" picture disc - £75.00, $102.00, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jan-2021 10:19)
AC/DC Money Talks (1990 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single featuring a superb 'coin' design on the A-side with a full colour photograph of Angus and his SG on the reverse, also including Mistress For Christmas and Borrowed Time. Complete with rare 'Money Talks' competition flyer, all within a barcode stickered PVC sleeve B8886TP)