Wednesday, June 6, 2012

AC/DC regrouping to work on new album

Things have been quiet in the AC/DC camp for a while now, as the band is enjoying downtime between projects.

AC/DC’s last studio album was 2008’s “Black Ice,” which resulted in a massive 168-date world tour that lasted for close to two years, grossing $141 million, making it the third highest-grossing concert tour of all-time (behind only U2 and The Rolling Stones). The tour also produced the “Live At River Plate” concert DVD.

In January, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson revealed that the group’s plans for a new album have been put on hold due to a band member’s health issues.

"One of the boys is a little sick and I can't say anything, but he's getting better," Brian told Mike “Cowhead” Calta of “The Cowhead Show.” "He's doing wonderful. Full recovery fully expected."

Last month, guitarist Malcolm Young confirmed to Classic Rockmagazine that the group is working on a potential new album, but warned fans are in for a longer wait than expected, after Johnson’s comments earlier this year.

“You know what Brian’s like. He just says things and then walks away,” said Malcolm. “It’ll be a little while – a year or two anyway.”

On Tuesday, Johnson provided an update on AC/DC’s schedule during an interview on the "Lamont And Tonelli Show" on Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone.

"I'll be getting together with [Malcolm] in a couple of weeks, and then we're going to London to meet up with Angus [Young], hopefully. And that's usually how we'll start,” revealed Brian. “We're just a bunch of pals from the projects, still. Even though we've done well, we still have the same roots that we stick by that we did when we had nothing, basically. And that's the work ethic. And it has to be right for the boys to do anything. When we're sitting down and [we're talking about], 'Can we do this? We're not gonna be a pale shadow of our former selves?' We'll talk about it and make sure that we've all got it. We're just five pieces of a card, and if one of us is not really [able to perform at 100 percent], the whole thing would just collapse, I think."

Johnson also spoke of AC/DC's plans to tour in support of the upcoming CD, saying “Well, I think it wouldn't be like the last one. That was two years. I mean, that was just nuts. We were just fragged when we finished [that one]. I mean, it took about three weeks to get over it. But it was so much fun, though. For guys our age at the time, to tour the world to sellout audiences everywhere, it gives you a good feeling. And the great thing was to look out into the audiences and have a look at the generations of people… I mean, it was unbelievable… Kids there that were 7-8 [years old], teenagers…"

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