AC/DC teases new album news

Angus Young of AC/DC performs onstage at Downsview Park during their Rock or Bust World Tour in Toronto on September 11, 2015. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun

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Living up to the name of the band’s last album — 2014’s Rock Or Bust — it appears that Aussie rockers AC/DC are on the verge of announcing a new LP.

On Monday, the band shared an image to its social media pages of their iconic glowing neon red lightning bolt flickering on. This was followed early Tuesday, by another video, teased with the hashtag #PWRUP, that illuminated additional letters in the band’s name.

The band’s official website has also been given a refresh, inviting visitors to sign up for more info on Power Up — presumably the name of the new record.

In July, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider claimed that a new album was already finished.

According to NME, Snider said: “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.’”

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Rumours of new music have been swirling since 2018 after lead singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd were photographed leaving a recording studio in Vancouver, where the band have made four previous albums, including 1990’s The Razors Edge. Snider fuelled further talk last December when he tweeted that Johnson, who exited the band in 2016 due to hearing problems, had rejoined the band — which also includes guitarist Angus Young, drummer Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, who replaced his uncle Malcolm — for a new set of songs.

Australian broadcast journalist Eddie McGuire teased further teased new songs were imminent during his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show in January. “There will be a new album released by AC/DC … this year,” he said.

Last week, a fan site, AC/DC Brasil, shared pics of the band to its Instagram page that reportedly appeared briefly on the band’s official website.

If the band, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of its hit Back In Black LP earlier this summer, do release a new record, it will be AC/DC’s 17th studio album since forming in 1973.

In a 2014 interview with the Sun, Angus said playing music was “the best form of escapism I know.”

“I focus on the guitar, and I leave the building,” he said.

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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