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"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.