Friday, June 20, 2014

AC/DC update

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has issued an update on the band, who have been recording new music in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young while he deals with some health issues.

“I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about Cars That Rock,” posted Johnson. “Your encouragement means a lot to me. This was my first ever go at presenting a TV series and even though it may not show, I was real nervous and so am very relieved that you all seem to be enjoying it.”

“We hope to bring you more shows in the near future but, of course,” he added, “there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC – and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music – and more Cars That Rock.”

On April 16, AC/DC issued a statement regarding the band’s status and future in the wake of rumors surrounding Malcolm’s health and their possible retirement.

“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health,” posted the band. “Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.”

“In light of this news,” they added, “AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

AC/DC are working at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O’Brien (Aerosmith, Pearl Jam). O'Brien teamed up with the Aussie rockers to produce their 2008 album, “Black Ice”, at the same location.

Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie, is on hand and presumed to be filling in on rhythm guitar in his uncle’s absence.

Stevie previously replaced him on AC/DC’s 1988 Blow Up Your Video tour, playing dates across North America while Malcolm took a break to deal with his alcohol dependency issues. Legend has it that many fans failed to notice the lineup change due to the family resemblance.

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Search AC/DC at hennemusic