AC/DC hasn’t said a word for nearly two years about a potential new album, but Dee Snider has made comments to the press about the project and has a new update.
In an interview with ABC News Radio, Snider said the album “has been recorded,” but it’s been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Snider states, “I haven’t heard anything, but…it’s AC/DC, man. You can’t go wrong!…Four chords and a dream, baby! That’s it!”
He adds, “This is gonna be a miracle of technology. What will be achieved, the reuniting of the band that we know for one more album, is gonna be uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Because nothing goes on forever. But this is the ultimate ‘one more time.'”
Snider first made comments on the AC/DC album back in February after meeting up with Brian Johnson over dinner. Snider didn’t drop specifics, but he did say, “He told me a lot of stuff, and a lot of stuff that I don’t wanna say. But we know from the photos, and Brian confirmed it, they’ve been in the studio, they’ve been recording. The original – I don’t say the ‘original’ guys, because a lot of ’em are gone, but I say the ‘classic’ lineup is back together and there are some surprises, which I can’t talk about, regarding Malcolm Young that just had my jaw on the floor. I will say he will be present. So this is AC/DC as we know and love them.”
Before COVID-19 turned the world upside-down, Eddie McGuire from Australia’s Triple M Hot Breakfast said in January, “My mail is, there will be a new album released by AC/DC in February/March this year, but also that AC/DC will be touring Australia [in] October/November 2020. And after a lot of work and a lot of technical research, they have been able to get a hearing aid for Brian Johnson, who will be out front. And even Phil Rudd might be back in the group either playing percussion or drums with Angus [Young] so that they’ve got three of — well, not the originals, but three of the old-timers, if you like, back there. They’ve had a few changes over the journey, but Angus out front, Brian Johnson lead singing, and maybe Phil Rudd, after his issues that he’s had in recent times.”
Rumors about AC/DC releasing a new album and touring again with Johnson have been reported since August 2018 after photos surfaced of Johnson, Angus Young and Stevie Young outside on the patio area of Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, the same studio where the band recorded their past three studio albums.
Among the reports/rumors that have surfaced since then involve the new album being a tribute to late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, retired bassist Cliff Williams returning to the band and that Johnson is singing on the new album.