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 or decide it was time for AC/DC to pack it in.
It appears he’s going to stay the course: singer Angry Anderson of the veteran Australian act Rose Tattoo said in a new interview with the Rockpit that Angus is at work on new 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.
Anderson explained, “I said to (Angus), ‘What are you going to do?’ and he said ‘Mate, I’m writing a new album.’ I asked him who was in the band and he said ‘Axl.’ Brian’s not there, Phil’s not there, Cliff’s not there, sadly, Malcolm’s not there.”
While some fans may not be happy to see AC/DC without any of those key members, Anderson pointed out, “Yes, it’s sad that the original lineup aren’t there anymore, but it’s the songs. People who have supported them all the way through their career, they want to hear the songs.”
Johnson was forced to leave the band mid-tour due to a dangerous level of hearing loss, while Rudd was dismissed following a drug arrest and Williams decided to retire at the end of the cycle.
Malcolm Young was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and bowed out before the sessions for Rock Or Bust began. He died this past November.
Angus Young has not said publicly what he has planned for the future of AC/DC. Axl Rose is still touring with Guns N’ Roses but has indicated a willingness to work with AC/DC again. It is also unknown whether Angus will keep the other members of the last touring lineup — including guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade — or revamp the roster again.
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