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 Fly On The Wall (1985 German 10-track vinyl LP, the tenth studio album by the Australian rock legends, including the single Danger. The glossy picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear creasing but comes complete with the illustrated lyric inner and the vinyl looks barely played)
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AC/DC The Razors Edge (1990 UK 12-track LP manufactured in Germany for the whole of Europe, the eleventh international studio album from the Australian rock band. The glossy picture sleeve displays only very light signs of shelfwear and the vinyl looks barely played, a great example WX364)
- AC/DC - Who Made Who - German - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 15-Apr-2021 11:30)
AC/DC Who Made Who (1986 UK 9-track vinyl LP, as featured on the soundtrack to the Stephen King film 'Maximum Overdrive', pressed in Germany for the whole of Europe, housed in a glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played WX57)
- AC/DC - Back In Black - Barcoded - German - vinyl LP - £20.00, $28.20, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 15-Apr-2021 11:11)
AC/DC Back In Black (Mid 1980's German 10-track LP issue of the 1980 album, the sixth internationally released studio album the Australian rock band, their first after the untimely death of Bon Scott, and subsequently the first to feature Brian Johnson. The labels have 'K 50 735', whilst the barcoded embossed title sleeve has 'ATL 50 735' catalogue number printed, and includes the printed paper inner. The sleeve displays some light general wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played -a great play copy ATL50735)
- AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 12-Apr-2021 16:27)
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video (1990 UK issue of the 1988 10-track vinyl LP, pressed in Germany for the European market, the tenth international studio album by the Australian rockers, produced by Harry Vanda & George Young and the last to feature drummer Simon Wright. The glossy picture sleeve shows minor edge wear and the vinyl has just a few light scuffs to indicate play WX144)
- AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long - US - 7" vinyl - Promo - £30.00, $42.30, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 12-Apr-2021 10:04)
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- AC/DC - Jailbreak - 2nd - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 12-Apr-2021 10:01)
AC/DC Jailbreak (1980 UK second issue 7" single originally released in 1976, also including Fling Thing, comes in the thin card picture sleeve K10805)
- AC/DC - Rock 'n Roll Damnation - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 12-Apr-2021 07:34)
AC/DC Rock 'n Roll Damnation (1980 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including with Sin City, company die cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is in excellent condition K11142)
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AC/DC Power Up (2020 UK/EU limited edition 12-track LP pressed on Red Vinyl, this colour edition is a UK exclusive to HMV record stores. Housed inside a gatefold picture sleeve with inner, factory sealed from new with its large red PWR/UP hype sticker intact. Recommended!)
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