AC/DC has moved forward with plans to record in Vancouver, B.C. despite the absence of guitarist Malcolm Young and will once again team with Grammy-winning producer Brendan O’Brien at the helm. The veteran Auzzie rockers have shipped their gear to Vancouver's Warehouse Studio and will begin work without their co-founder, who is away on medical leave.
According to an article posted May 1 at AntiMusic.com courtesy of ACDCFans.net, frontman Brian Johnson has confirmed the band will carry on with previous plans to record in Canada beginning May 1 and will reunite with O'Brien. The producer, whose impressive list of clients include: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots and Bruce Springsteen, worked with the "Highway to Hell" hitmakers on their Grammy-winning 2008 comeback album "Black Ice," which was also recorded at the same Vancouver studio.
The ex-Geordie singer unveiled O'Brien's involvement during a recent promotional interview for his new TV series "Cars That Rock", which will premiere on May 8 on UK's Quest TV. Asked about future big plans, Johnson says, "I'll be in Vancouver with the boys on May 1......we'll be in the studio May, June and July with Brendan O'Brien."
The 66-year-old rocker originally revealed the band's plans for the spring Vancouver recording sessions and a fortieth anniversary tour during a Valentine's Day radio interview in Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson remarked, that as an anniversary present to fans, he thinks the band "are going to try to do 40 gigs to thank the fans for their undying loyalty!"
Although AC/DC has released a statement confirming Young's illness and temporary absence from the band in order to squash break up rumors, details about his medical condition have not not addressed. It is unclear how the rhythm guitarist's condition will impact their studio process or future touring plans.
AC/DC has not recorded a studio album since 2008's "Black Ice" and has not toured since their hugely successful Black Ice Tour wrapped up in 2010. The trek consisted of 168 shows and drew 4.9 million people, grossing a whopping $441.6 million to become the 2nd highest grossing tour of all time.