Posted: 10 July, 2014
Frontman Brian Johnson has revealed the band have completed their first album since Black Ice.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed that the Aussie rockers have completed their first album since 2008's Black Ice.
The Geordie singer was speaking in his hometown of Newcastle today to pick up his Doctorate in Music from the city’s Northumbria University.
The band recorded the album in Vancouver, with the 66 year old confirming, “It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.”
He added that it was different in Malcolm's absence. “We miss Malcolm obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again.
“Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult," he said of Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and lead guitarist Angus Young who is filling-in.
“But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back.”
While not revealing the album's title, Johnson was open about the discussions, “I wanted to call the album Man Down. But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”
Johnson received his honorary degree from Northumbria University’s vice chancellor Prof Andrew Wathey, who says: “Brian has been an inspiration to the people of the North East and rock fans the world over.
AC/DC are readying a world tour and Australian fans will be hoping its sooner rather than later.