Great news for AC/DC fans – the band, who have been relatively quiet in recent years, are allegedly working on a new album, and a veritable mega tour, according to a new interview.
Speaking to Florida radio station Gater 98.7 – via Rolling Stone – lead singer Brian Johnson said the band would be heading to a Vancouver studio in May to record their 16th studio album, and their first since 2008′s Black Ice.
“Well, you’ll be the first one to know,” he said. “Really, because we’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure…But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.”
The band will also be heading out on a 40th anniversary tour, which, says frontman Brian Johnson, will comprise 40 special gigs.
“It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence,” he continued. “So I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. You know what?! It’s been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Earlier this month on his Australian tour, Bruce Springsteen opened a gig in Perth and another in Melbourne with a cover of AC/DC’s seminal single “Highway to Hell.” In Perth, guitarists Tom Morello, Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt joined Springsteen on stage for the AC/DC tribute, on Friday 7th February. The late AC/DC singer Bon Scott grew up near Perth and Highway To Hell was the final album he recorded with the band before his death in 1980.