Last year, it was reported that the rock icons were working on a new album that will feature the work of their late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young on “every track”, according to “a reliable source inside the AC/DC camp”. The rhythm guitarist died in November 2017 after retiring from the band due to early onset dementia.
Earlier this year, Brian Johnson reportedly confirmed that he would be singing on a new AC/DC album.
In a new interview with Consequence of Sound, Slash responded to the news describing them as “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band ever.”
He said: “Where do I start? AC/DC is bar none, with the exception of the [Rolling] Stones, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band ever. The Stones will always come first for me and then AC/DC. There are no other bands that actually play that brand of really ’50s-influenced straight-up rock ‘n’ roll like AC/DC. I love them for that.
“I think Phil Rudd is one of the best drummers of all time. So anytime he was not in the band, I was always disappointed. But it’s great that Cliff [Williams is] going to be back because I remember being backstage with those guys at the end of the last tour and him saying that he was gone and that he was retired. So it’s great that everybody’s back, but it’s especially awesome that Brian [Johnson] is back.”
Johnson was forced to quit the band in 2016 after suffering hearing loss and was replaced on the band’s tour by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose. He was then rumoured to be reuniting with the rock legends for a new record after being spotted with the band’s former drummer Phil Rudd in Vancouver.
Earlier this year, American band Terrorizer seemingly confirmed news of the new album after meeting Johnson in an airport.
“We ran into Brian Johnson from AC/DC at the airport today after the flight home,” they wrote on Facebook.
“We asked him about the rumours 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.”
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Slash said: “The Axl-doing-AC/DC thing, I went and checked that out, and it was awesome. I was probably as sceptical as anybody because of the iconic status of the band.”
His initial misgivings cleared while watching his bandmate perform with the group, though. “He pulled it off and it was great,” he added.