Brian Johnson Confirms He's Back in AC/DC, Says Metal Band

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

January 30, 2019

Front man Brian Johnson is reportedly back in AC/DC and did indeed record vocals on the band's forthcoming studio release.

Johnson was presumed to be out of the iconic rock band for good after leaving in 2016 to deal with health issues related to his damaged hearing. But the singer was spotted multiple times at a recording studio last summer in Vancouver, BC, with guitarists Angus and Stevie Young and former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd.

AC/DC has yet to address any rumors about an new album, but Johnson reportedly shot straight with members of the grindcore band Terrorizer when he recently bumped into them at a Florida airport.

Terrorizer referenced the surprise meeting in a Facebook update on Monday in which they thanked all the bands, venues and fans who helped make their recent European tour a success. Then they addressed the chance meeting with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

"...[W]e asked him about the rumors of him being on the new AC/DC album and he said 'Yes' and that he is 'sick of denying it.' So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour."

(See more here: Photo Shows Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd at AC/DC Studio.)

AC/DC has been quiet since the end of the band's Rock or Bust tour in 2016. Johnson left with health issues at the beginning of the jaunt and longtime bassist Cliff Williams retired at the end of the tour.

In 2017, AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young — who last performed with the band in 2014 — passed away after years of suffering from dementia.

It's rumored that the next AC/DC album is dedicated to Malcolm.

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