AC/DC Entering Studio in May, Brian Johnson Confirms

Band has special plans for 40th anniversary, details inside.

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson dropped quite an announcement during a recent 98.7 the Gater radio chat, confirming that the iconic act is set to enter studio in May to work on a new album.

"Well, you'll be the first one to know, really, because we've been denying anything, 'cause we weren't sure," Johnson kicked off (via Blabbermouth). "One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn't like to say anything, and we're very private about things like this, so we didn't wanna say anything. And he's a very proud man."

The vocalist then focused on the specific info, adding, "But I think we'll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready."

Brian also unveiled special plans to mark the band's 40th anniversary. "It's been 40 years of the band's existence, so I think we're gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty," he said. "I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we'll have to go out, even though we're getting a bit long in the tooth. [laughs]"

Rounding it all up on even more optimistic note, the singer concluded, "You know what?! It's been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I'm really looking forward to it."

As the latest AC/DC studio effort, "Black Ice" saw its release in October 2008 via Columbia Records.

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    Am I the only one who saw "May" and "Brian" right next to each other in the headline and hoped that Brian May was going to do a song with AC/DC? It would be very interesting to say the least.
    why do bands say they have to go in a new direction every album release? AC/DC has done blues rock on every one of their albums and people still love them.
    This is better than Pringles Ridges.
    YEAH! I can't wait for another album in the key of A focusing on E A G and D chords! All joking aside, I'm actually excited for this. I'd actually started thinking "Aren't we due another AC/DC album soon?" And here it is! Hell yeah!
    Honestly, I think it's impressive they could write so many unique songs with such limited tools. Malcolm is one of the most underrated songwriters out there IMO.
    Every band uses those chords all the time. Not just AC/DC. EVERY MODERN BAND.
    Yes, I'm aware of that. I was merely jesting at how AC/DC doesn't differ at all from the old-school blues standards and sticks to it more proudly than anyone else. I even SAID that I was joking and you're still getting arsey about it. What's a guy to do?
    Yeah they even admit to that. If it's not broke, don't fix it. And AC/DC is exactly what rock was before we had ten thousands different sub genres of technical metal.
    YES! Got to see them in Melbourne on the Black Ice tour. It was my first ever concert, and what a concert! I honestly couldn't hear properly for about 3 weeks.
    I'm not too thrilled to be honest, Black Ice was not their best album in my opinion. I thought that would be their last but hopefully its better than Black Ice.
    Dude, of course it wasn't their BEST ALBUM. But it was definitely better than anything they released after 81, (maybe except the razors edge). Furthermore, BJ is learning how to use his voice better now.
    Flick of the Switch had a few good songs, but I'll always love the Bon Scott years WAY more than the Johnson years. Although Back in Black and For Those About to Rock are perfect albums in my eyes.
    Nah, even Stiff Upper Lip had better songwriting than Black Ice. And it was a nice bluesy change of pace. However, after writing like 17 solid albums, I'll give them a pass on phoning one in, especially at this age.
    I'm a die hard AC/DC fan, and I have to agree Black Ice is probably one (if not the) of their worst album ever made.
    I don't understand why people are so afraid to admit it. The riffs are just uninspired. A few songs had potential tho, like Money Made.
    Ohh boy, I wonder what the new album is gonna sound like...
    What i love about AC/DC is it is so pure, what you see is what you get. No bullshit. Pretty much sets the template for hard edge rock'n'roll. Oh yeah, and 40 years, what a fantastic effort!
    The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver is where they recorded their latest, as well as Razor's Edge. Likely other records as well, but I'm not sure.