World News – US – AC / DC confirms reunion, « Pwr Up » album is on its way


After days of tips and teasers online, the high-volume AC / DC rockers of Australia have confirmed their return to active duty by announcing that veteran singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams joined the group after several years of absence

New group photo finds them older but energetic, with lead guitarist Angus Young, now 65, still wearing schoolboy outfit

The term « Pwr Up » appearing in several of the teasers is apparently the title of a new album, although the official announcement does not specify when it might come Twisted Sister Singer Dee Snider, a longtime friend of the band , said over the summer that the band completed a new album

Such a comeback seemed unlikely a few years ago Guitarist Malcolm Young, band leader and brother of Angus, died in 2017 after years of dementia that saw him replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, who completes current training

On the band’s last tour in 2016, Johnson had effectively lost his hearing (unsurprisingly after decades of shrill screaming) and was replaced for a series of dates by Guns N ‘Roses frontman Axl Rose Rudd. was substituted for this tour after being convicted of drug possession and violent threats and sentenced to eight months of house arrest

Formed in 1973, AC / DC’s influence on rock bands since the late 1970s cannot be underestimated Their music is rock and roll stripped of pure muscle and bone, like a supercharged version of Chuck Berry It sounds simple but it’s not – its melodic directivity makes them indelible hooks that are as precise as their titles: « Back in Black » « Highway to Hell » « TNT » « It is a long way to the top (if you want rock and roll) ”, and their biggest hit,“ You Shook Me All Night Long ”Their songs have been covered by hundreds of artists, including Guns N ‘Roses – but the influence it has had on other forms of music is less evident Producer Rick Rubin has declared AC / DC his all-time favorite band, and he brought their stripped-down approach to the first two hip-hop albums he directed – LL Cool J’s « Radio » in 1985, « Run-DMC » Raising Hell « the following year, which included a collaboration with Aerosmith that Rubin orchestrated – but also the rock and pop albums he oversaw in the following decades by artists from Slayer to Johnny Cash, and in particular Tom Petty’s 1994 album, « Wildflowers »

This year the band celebrated the 40th anniversary of their biggest album, the 1980s « Back in Black » Driven by the singles « You Shook Me All Night Long » and the title track, the album s’ is sold over 50 million copies worldwide

AC / DC, Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd

World News – United States – AC / DC Confirms Reunion, Album « Pwr Up Is on the way



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