Sight­ings Start Ru­mours AC/DC Are Record­ing

Cur­rent and past mem­bers spot­ted to­gether at stu­dio.

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There’s grow­ing ex­cite­ment among AC/DC fans fol­low­ing re­ports that band mem­bers are holed up, and pos­si­bly record­ing, in Canada. Spec­u­la­tion over re­newed ac­tiv­ity be­gan on Au­gust 8 when singer Brian John­son and drum­mer Phil Rudd – both es­tranged for­mer mem­bers of the group for their last bout of tour­ing – were pho­tographed to­gether laugh­ing and jok­ing out­side Ware­house Stu­dios in Van­cou­ver, where the band recorded their last three al­bums. There were also re­ports of guitarist Stevie Young, who of­fi­cially joined the band in Septem­ber 2014 fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of his un­cle Mal­colm Young, be­ing seen in the city. Later on the same day an­other photo ap­peared on­line, this time show­ing Stevie and An­gus Young hav­ing a cig­gie out­side the same stu­dio. An um­brella has since been placed on the stu­dio’s deck­ing to block the view of the door­way.

More fuel was added to the ru­mour mill when cam­eras caught John­son and Rudd with the band’s long-serv­ing en­gi­neer and mixer Mike Fraser, who has worked on AC/DC’s last five stu­dio al­bums.

The ap­par­ent re­turn of John­son, forced to step back from the band in 2016 be­cause of the threat of per­ma­nent deaf­ness and re­placed by Axl Rose to com­plete AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust world tour, was to­tally un­ex­pected. How­ever, Jonno had spo­ken about work­ing with au­dio ex­perts Asius on a so­lu­tion for his hear­ing prob­lems.

Far more sur­pris­ing is the pres­ence of Rudd, also ejected from AC/DC the same year af­ter be­ing charged with var­i­ous crimes and found guilty of drug pos­ses­sion – and who then served an eight-month home-ar­rest sen­tence. Last June he told Clas­sic Rock: “I want my job back, but of course it’s all down to An­gus. Whether he’d want me or not, I don’t know. I’ve been through that bull­shit with sub­stances and am happy to have come out the other side. An­gus is the boss, and who­ever he’s or­gan­ised to be around him, I can fit in.”

As­sum­ing the ru­mours are true and AC/DC are record­ing, the ques­tion many peo­ple are ask­ing is who’s play­ing bass. Upon re­tir­ing from the group in 2016,

Cliff Wil­liams stated: “Los­ing Mal­colm [to de­men­tia], the thing with Phil and now with Brian [the band is] a changed an­i­mal. I feel in my gut [this is] the right thing [to do].” But with John­son and Rudd seem­ingly back in the fold, it seems en­tirely pos­si­ble that Wil­liams could change his mind. DL

Brian and An­gus:to­gether again?

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