Now, according to the Dallas music publication JAM Magazine, a new record is on the way which will feature the guitar handiwork of their late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young on every song, according to “a reliable source inside the AC/DC camp”.
According to the information obtained by JAM, Young’s brother Angus is busy working on a new AC/DC record, to be produced as a tribute to Malcolm’s memory. The rhythm guitarist passed away in November last year after leaving the band due to early onset dementia.
Malcolm worked on the material that will be used for the record alongside his brother in the early 2000s. That was five years previous to their 2008 record ‘Black Ice’.
In a statement, the source said, “Turns out, five years prior to the ‘Black Ice’ LP, AC/DC’s 15th studio release, Angus and Malcolm Young lived together where they literally wrote hundreds of songs, many were recorded and have been stashed away until now.”
“Angus has decided to select the best tracks from those recordings that Malcolm played on and is now back in the studio recording and mixing them with fellow band mates Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams and yes, Brian Johnson on vocals.”
Frontman Brian Johnson was forced to quit the band in 2016 after suffering hearing loss, and Axl Rose took over on the band’s tour. Last month, there was speculation that Johnson would return for a new album after being spotted with the band’s former drummer Phil Rudd in Vancouver. The rest of the group were rumoured to be there too.
In March, meanwhile, Axl Rose was the favourite to appear on a new album after he told TheRockpit that Angus Young was working on new material. Drummer Rudd was kicked out from the group in 2015 following his conviction last year for drugs and making threats to kill a former employee. In 2016 he said he would only think about rejoining if the band “get rid of Axl Rose”.
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