Eddie Trunk reported on his show on Thursday that Brian Johnson, who was spotted in the studio recording with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, is not just back for a new album, but that he will also return as lead singer for a tour. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose served as AC/DC’s singer in 2016 on tour after Brian Johnson was replaced after having hearing issues. Alternative Nation transcribed Trunk’s comments.
“I told you, I have sources that told me they are absolutely going to tour with Brian back again. So, that is all unconfirmed from their camp, but I had it with some reliable sources. I think it’s pretty much a done deal that AC/DC at the very least are going to release some sort of record, and it will be a tribute to Malcolm, like Back in Black was a tribute to Bon.”
AC/DC engineer Mike Fraser spoke the rumored new AC/DC album during an interview last month with Australian record-masterer and podcaster Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz.
Asked if the rumors are true that there’s a new AC/DC album in the works, Fraser said, “Umm… Well, yeah, I could say that we’ve been in the studio doing something. What’s come of that I can’t discuss yet, but uh…”
“With Brian singing?” Mantz asked. “I think so,” Fraser replied, laughing.
Malcolm Young died in 2017, a few years after leaving the band and being replaced by Stevie Young due to being diagnosed with dementia. Cliff Williams appeared to retire at the end of the 2016 AC/DC tour, but he was photographed in the studio with the band. Phil Rudd, who was fired after recording 2014’s Rock or Bust, also appears to be back, with photos of him recording with AC/DC in Vancouver also surfacing last year.