Thursday, August 28, 2014

New AC/DC album update

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is sharing an update on the band’s new album, recorded this spring in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young.

“It was done in 10 days, and I’ve never played better,” Rudd told Triple M radio in Sydney, Australia, describing the new music as “stellar.”

“I hope it’s as good as I remember when I came away from the studio,” he added. “It’s pretty damn good.”

(Ed. note: the Vancouver sessions for the project were booked from May to July, with Brian Johnson confirming in early July that the recording was complete. Rudd’s 10-day comment may have more to do with the amount of time it took to record his drum tracks, as opposed to the full album. Thanks to project engineer Mike Fraser for his feedback on this story.)

Rudd is anxious to have fans hear the new album as soon as possible.

“Usually you master something and wait a couple of weeks, and you go and have a listen to it,” he says. “They do things a certain way - I think they’re taking too long.”

No title or release date for the album has been announced.

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

Founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues, was unavailable for the sessions so the band brought in his nephew, Stevie, to handle rhythm guitar duties.

Singer Brian Johnson recently suggested that the group could be on the road by the end of 2014.

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