Thursday, February 23, 2017

REPORT: AC/DC planning new album with Axl Rose

An unconfirmed report out of Australia suggests that AC/DC are planning to work on a new studio album with Axl Rose.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses recently for two performances in Sydney and a guest appearance in Melbourne, with Noise 11’s review of the latest show reporting, “Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial and if you didn’t like that combination you will be horrified to learn there is an album on the way.”

“The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record,” reports Paul Cashmere, “but Guns N’ Roses touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project.”

Rose made global headlines last year when he joined AC/DC for shows in Europe and the US after longtime vocalist Brian Johnson was sidelined from touring on the advice of doctors due to hearing loss issues.

Noise 11 hints that fans may be treated to some live Axl/DC ahead of a studio album.

“As all of the AC/DC shows were filmed,” adds Cashmere, “it is possible fans may be treated to a live album with Rose from the Rock Or Bust tour prior to the new studio album.”

Representatives for both AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses have not commented on the rumors or the Noise 11 report.

During an interview event in London, UK last June, Rose said he was planning new music with Guns N’ Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well.

"We are working on new stuff,” explained Rose. “I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we’ll see."

Angus is the lone remaining original member of AC/DC after a number of changes in recent years, including the 2014 retirement of founder Malcolm Young due to dementia, a series of legal issues faced by drummer Phil Rudd, the spring 2016 departure of Johnson, and bassist Cliff Williams’ retirement.

Three of the longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust”; and, Rose was aboard for the 2016 dates in place of Johnson.

AC/DC recently swept the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards: the band were named the No. 1 Rock News Artist Of The Year</b> while delivering the No. 1 Rock News Story Of The Year and four of the Top 10.

See also:

VIDEO: Angus Young performs with Guns N’ Roses at second Sydney concert
VIDEO: Angus Young joins Guns N’ Roses for AC/DC classics in Sydney
AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd announces European tour
Search AC/DC at hennemusic