AC/DC Are Back
by Paul Cashmere - April 20 2008
It's been eight years since the release of AC/DC's last album 'Stiff Upper Lip' but a new album is on the way.
At the band's official website. AC/DC has announced that "the waiting is almost over! AC/DC fans can expect the band's next album of new material sometime later this year. The band are currently recording in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien and long time audio engineer Mike Fraser".
Undercover can also add another piece of news. Plans for a major world tour are underway to coincide with the release of the album and the tour will been announced shortly.
This new album has been a long time coming. AC/DC has been in and out of studios for the last few years trying to get the formula right for the next record.
For the last album 'Stiff Upper Lip', the band reunited with original producer and former Easybeats member George Young (the brother Angus and Malcolm Young). That album was also recorded in Vancouver in Bryan Adams' The Warehouse Studio.
The studio is in the basement of Adams former house at Mathers Avenue in West Vancouver. It has also been used for albums by REM, Slayer, Nickelback, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.
Since the release of 'Stiff Upper Lip', AC/DC has signed a long-term deal with Sony BMG for everywhere except Australia where they are still on Alberts Productions. Sony has since reissued remastered editions of the entire back catalogue.
In July 2003, the band performed in Toronto with the Rolling Stones on a benefit gig following the SARS outbreak. The DVD of that performance was released as 'Toronto Rocks'. The following year, they performed with the Stones again, this time in Sydney.
While the band has remained pretty much out of the spotlight for most of the decade, the AC/DC brand has been kept alive via DVD. While the band has never released a greatest hits album, the greatest hits DVD 'Family Jewels' from 2005 'Family Jewels' achieved 10x platinum status in the USA.
Last year's 'Plug Me In' was also a success. It went 5x platinum in the USA.
At the time of publication, the title of the forthcoming album has not been announced.
(Well one thing for sure it will ROCK hard! AC/DC's brand of rock is one that will get you tapping your toes and then some!)