AC/DC Power Up With New Rock
Angus Young thought AC/DC were done and busted as a touring and recording band after their 2016 ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’.
Frontman Brian Johnson, 73, was forced to take time out from performing live on doctor’s orders due to progressive hearing loss, with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose stepping in for him at their remaining shows. Drummer Phil Rudd, had been replaced the year before after pleading guilty to a threat to kill charge and for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement retired, and just a year later Angus’ brother and founding member, Malcolm Young, sadly lost his lengthy fight with dementia.
Following the band’s final live show at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia four-years ago the band’s legendary lead guitarist admitted he just couldn’t see them ever reuniting to record.
Now AC/DC are back.
‘Power Up’ is their first new studio album since 2014’s Rock or Bust
Brian Johnson admitted he went through a period of extreme loneliness and drowned his sorrows with copious amounts of whiskey for months.
“It was a pretty lonely place to be,” Johnson said in a recent BBC interview.
“Suddenly, your family of workmates you’ve been with for 37 years is just gone and there’s nothing to do.
“I buried my head in a bottle of whisky for a couple of months. It worked quite well.”
The rock legends – complete with Angus and Malcolm’s nephew – Stevie Young – joining the band, kept their reunion largely a secret, but rumours they were working on a new album began to circulate after they were spotted arriving at Vancouver’s Warehouse studio in the summer of 2018.
Angus insisted when it came to writing new material, they didn’t want to “stray” too far from their signature riff-heavy sound.
“This is how we’ve always played and we don’t stray from that,” Angus said.
“Maybe it’s because we were stubborn but it’s like, when I want to hear The Stones, I don’t need The Stones trying to be a jazz band. We stuck to what we do best. We always found that our strength not our weakness.”
*Photo courtesy Josh Cheuse