AC/DC are back in the news again, and for all the right reasons.
Unconfirmed reports of Phil Rudd and Stevie Young being sighted in Vancouver gained momentum yesterday, when a photograph of Rudd and longtime vocalist Brian Johnson surfaced, sending the rock n roll world in a spin. The band are apparently bunkered down at Warehouse Studios, working on their forthcoming album.
The photograph (taken by local resident Glenn Slavens) appears to show Rudd and Johnson taking a break from a recording session. AC/DC have previously used the studio – recording their Stiff Upper Lip, Black Ice and Rock or Bust albums.
The studio was also favoured by fellow Aussie hard rock outfit Airbourne, who cut their No Guts, No Glory record at the same location.
Rudd was replaced by Chris Slade in 2015 for the band’s Rock or Bust World Tour, with Johnson departing the band the following year – apparently due to hearing issues.
So what are we to make of all this ?
Is Phil back in the line-up on a permanent basis ? Has Brian also re-boarded the rock n roll train full time, which could possibly lead to a lengthy world tour after the album is released ? Will Axl Rose record some vocal parts and then focus all his energy on Guns n Roses ? Will Cliff Williams (who retired from band after the Rock or Bust Tour) jet into Canada soon to lay down his bass parts ?
There are many fans online even speculating that Mark Evans, the guy who Cliff replaced in 1977, will return to the fold ! This however seems unlikely, as Evans has touring commitments with Rose Tattoo – a band who he’s been a member of since 2017.
So many questions and lots of wild speculation. In time, we will have all the answers.
The fact remains though, that in 2018 – demand for a new AC/DC album and tour is very strong, with a large majority of fans wanting both Rudd and Johnson back in the line-up. It is something which founding member Angus Young would’ve been aware of.
Getting the classic line-up back together for an album and (final ?) world tour – doing, what they do better than anyone else, possibly for the departed Malcolm Young, or with him in mind – is a real possibility.
Fairy tales seldom come true – but this rock n roll fairy tale may indeed come to fruition. I suggest you strap yourself in folks as the biggest and baddest rock n roll monster could be about to roar once more! (image courtesy acdc.com)