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BrianJohnson AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed the band has completed work on the follow-up to Black Ice.

The Geordie hero returned to his hometown of Newcastle to pick up his Doctorate in Music from the city’s Northumbria University and he confirmed AC/DC’s new album is done following a series of quickfire recording sessions in Vancouver.

The 66-year-old says: “It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.”

But Johnson admitted the continued absence of founder member Malcolm Young had cast a shadow over the band’s latest stint in the studio.

He adds: “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. 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.”

Johnson admitted the band had discussed a number of album titles with the new release due to hit stores later this year or early 2015.

And he added: “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.

“His ambition, dedication and talent is second to none. His passion for excellence has propelled the boy from Dunston to the top of the rock world.”

AC/DC are readying a world tour.

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  1. The Black Ice tour was fantastic, saw the boys three times (Scranton PA rehearsal show, LA Forum, and San Jose CA at the Shark Tank). Black Ice album was great as well.

    AC/DC are the absolute pinnacle of rock and roll and I expect that even without Malcolm that their ablum will be great and the tour will kick ass. These boys keep it in the family, and Stevie Young has been here before. Get well soon Malcolm, we’ll all be thinking about you when the album is released and when your mates are on tour!

  2. Not saying the next album will be Back in Black revisited (of course)…but they did record that classic in just about 5 months; even though just some of the songwriting without the music had been completed when Bon passed. Give the new album a chance despite the fast release. The last album was very good! More importantly, get well Malcolm…

  3. Record companies hold the contracts, they set the schedual…ask Pete Townshend about Warner Bros. 1982 or George Harrison ’74….bigger contracts and albums dumped out quick with Harrison hoarse to complete.

    1. Record companies hold the contracts, yes, but at this point in the band’s career, and given their massive success, and given they changed labels, teir management most likely negotiated no timetable to put out anything. Back in the day, record companies treated their talent as slaves. These days, established artists have all the power. New bands get killed, but once they get success, the renegotiate. The 1960s and the 1970s were different times for the business…

  4. AC/DC, you owe us nothing. Not a damn thing.
    But thank you for continuing to give us your music; you guys have more class than a lot of the other bands out there. When they do the tour, let’s all scream “Malcolm!” during “Whole Lotta Rosie” in lieu of “Angus!” Hopefully the love reverberations will reach Mal wherever he is.

  5. As much as they need Malcolm, I’d rather for him to get well than to get back too soon. They’ve toured once without him on the tour for the Blow Up Your Video album and they obviously survived and so did all us fans. It sucks he’s not able to be with them, but it is what it is. It’s not his fault. Most importantly: GET WELL MALCOLM!

    Oh yeah, one last thing: Congratulations Dr. Johnson! Maybe you, Tony Iommi and Paul Rodgers can start your own University.

  6. Cant wait for the album and tour…Black Ice was great and I don’t think they would do this if they weren’t up for it…should be unbelievable….sorry for Malcolm but he’s probably all over the album, just not playing or touring…

  7. It is most likely that the band had the songs lying around a long time already and just took them into the studio with Stevie after Mal got sick. AC/DC works 2 years out of 5 at most, since the mid-80s.

    1. That’s what I’ve been saying too…and since from announcement to completion, it only took a few months, these had to be already written with Malcolm all over it, just not playing…

  8. I heard they were only doing 40 dates, but I hope they do more. As long as they come anywhere near my city, I will see them at least once more. ACDC is absolutely my favorite band ever & who knows if this will be the last time they come around. I hope Malcolm recovers, even if he doesn’t tour anymore, I hope he can enjoy his life. It does seem like this album was done quickly, but they probably have material to fill a few albums. The Black Ice tour was so successful, I doubt they are being forced to do anything by the suits. I have a feeling they want to get this one more tour done and ride off into the sunset. They deserve it.

  9. Get well soon Malcolm, you are missed and truly one of the all time great rhythm guitarists of all time. Can’t wait for the new album. Would love to see a sort of throw back album with 9 or 10 gems on it, like powerage or back in black. How about naming the album “dirty rhythm” in honor of Malcolm. Although I’m sure the new album will be epic, an acdc world tour is not something to be missed. No matter if your a big fan or not, nobody, and I mean nobody brings it live like acdc. They are a true working mans band and give their fans a show for the ages. No matter how far you are from Maine, I will be there with my 10 year old son, and I want him to experience a true rock show. This could be their last tour folks so no matter if you are a fan of newer hard rock or more classic rock, you will never see a better live rock performance than acdc.

  10. Stevie Young is Malcom’s replacement on the new album and tour. He’s done it before when Malcom was replaced on the Blow Up Your Video Tour. Photos of the band recently are kinda shocking especially Angus….he looks just horrible. 7 weeks recording. You can believe this was Black Ice material piled on with Stevie Young. They usually take months.

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