On the heels of drummer Chris Slade hinting at a new AC/DC album with Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses road manager Del James posted an Atlantic Records letter announcing the release of Powerage to mark the 30th anniversary of the album over the weekend.
Asked by Duke TV if there are plans for AC/DC to record a new album with Axl, Slade recently laughed and said: “My lips are sealed. And if I knew, I couldn’t say a word anyway. What I usually say is if I tell you, I have to kill you.” He laughed again and continued: “Which, perhaps, is not in good taste. I couldn’t even start to answer that, I’m afraid.”
With Axl on vocals, AC/DC broke out a number of somewhat more rare cuts during the band’s European and American shows two years ago, including “Given The Dog A Bone”, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation”, “Riff Raff”, “Touch Too Much” and “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” .
“Axl, he actually asked… I was standing right next to him when he asked Angus, ‘Can we do these songs?'” Slade said. “And I love playing ‘Riff Raff’, and I always have. In fact, we do it with [my solo band] TIMELINE. All those songs were great, and the fans loved them — absolutely loved it. Because they’d like to hear those songs too. Axl is a big fan, you see, and still is, of AC/DC. Those are songs that he would like AC/DC to play — those newer… Of course, they’re old songs, but new for the band playing onstage. I don’t think they played ‘Riff Raff’ on stage for about 25 years, maybe even 30. I know they used to open with it, didn’t they? But they hadn’t played it since then.”