The British legend and the frontman of AC/DC, Brian Johnson has talked about how the band got together to make a brand new album and what the fans can expect from ‘PWR-UP‘ while revealing its date of release.
During the latest interview he gave to the Rock 100.5 Atlanta radio station, Johnson has unveiled some of the most wondered details about their highly-anticipated studio album, ‘PWR-UP,’ and explained how Angus Young put everything together to initiate this groundbreaking project.
As you know, the phenomenal band, AC/DC, has made their grand comeback to music 6 years after their last studio album, ‘Rock or Bust.’ The band has recently revealed the lineup, as well as the name of the album.
Soon after they’ve released a teaser on their YouTube channel from their new song, ‘Shot in the Dark.’ The video, which includes the appearances of all the members, got over 40k likes and was commented by more than three thousand fans.
In his first conversation after the announcement of the new album, along with a music video, Brian Johnson admitted that their comeback is something probably nobody thought would happen. He said Angus was contacted by the record company in 2018, who asked if he wants to do an album.
Johnson added Angus Young agreed to do it and asked all the members, leading the way to get back in the studio in Vancouver in about August. Brian Johnson also clarified the rumors surrounding Malcolm Young‘s riffs in the album and said Angus just went through them all and brought them out for ‘PWR-UP.’
The release date of the album, along with their new single, ‘Shot In The Dark,’ was revealed during the radio show, as well. It was stated that the ‘PWR/UP’ will be released on November 13, and ‘Shot In The Dark’ will be out on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 a.m. EDT / 9:00 p.m. PDT.
Here’s what Brian Johnson said about their great comeback:
“It’s something probably nobody thought would happen. It was about 2018, and Angus was contacted by the record company, who said, ‘Do you fancy doing an album?’ And Angus said, ‘Well, let’s ask the boys.’
So he asked me and Cliff and Phil. And Stevie was there, obviously. And I think we all said ‘yes’ immediately; we just said, ‘This would be great.’ And, of course, we went off to Vancouver in about August.
As soon as we walked in, there was this electricity, this bond that had been built up over 38 years since I joined. And, of course, when the boys plugged in, or powered up, if you’ll excuse the pun, and they started playing, that was it. It was a great time.”
Johnson also talked about the rumors and said:
“There’s a lot of rumors about Malcolm‘s guitar playing [being on the album], [and] well, of course, that’s not true. But what is true is the fact that Angus and Malcolm had done riffs together all their life and really had a big box of them.
And Angus said he basically just went through them all and he went, ‘Oh, that’s a good one. This is a good one.’ And he brought them out. So it really is true that Malcolm is on there, basically, in spirit and all of that.”
“And he’s such a strong character in life. And I think everybody in the band still felt, especially Angus, his brother is in everything. We’re always conscious of that, that he’s watching over, ‘You’d better do it right. You’d better do it AC/DC style or just not do it at all.’
And the songs came in — Angus came in with ’em and all, and worked with Brendan O’Brien, the producer, and I went into just a regular little control room, and we just went for it.
And we’d take it back, and Angus would have a listen and see if there was anything that needed changing… But there wasn’t much.”
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