AC/DC drummer Chris Slade said in a new interview with Duke TV that his “lips are sealed” about whether or not AC/DC plans to record a new studio album with Axl Rose on vocals. Asked about the group’s future recording activities, Slade answered, “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 added, “Which, perhaps, is not in good taste. I couldn’t even start to answer that, I’m afraid.”
Ever since AC/DC completed the tour cycle for its 2014 album Rock Or Bust nearly two years ago — a turbulent trek that weathered the forced retirement and eventual death of co-founder Malcolm Young, plus the departures of longtime singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams — fans have wondered whether sole founding member Angus Young would keep the band going.
Although Slade decline to elaborate, Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson said in a recent interview that Angus told him he is at work on new AC/DC music and intends to have Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose — who took Johnson’s place on the road in 2016 — sing on the LP.
Slade also told Duke TV that it was all due to Axl that AC/DC broke out a number of rare cuts on the two legs of the tour Axl sang on, saying, “I was standing right next to (Axl) when he asked Angus, ‘Can we do these songs?’ And I love playing ‘Riff Raff’, and I always have . . . All those songs were great, and the fans loved them.”
Johnson was forced to leave AC/DC mid-tour due to a dangerous level of hearing loss, while Rudd was dismissed following a drug arrest and Williams decided to retire.
Angus has not said publicly what he has planned for the future of AC/DC.
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