This week has seen AC/DC going hard on the promotion for their comeback, on the heels of last week’s seemingly accidental leak. Yesterday, a poster and a new website suggested that the band have titled their upcoming album PWR/UP. Now, the boys have revealed their current line-up via the first promo photo for this chapter in their saga.
According to the shot circulated on social media today, AC/DC’s current line-up is Angus Young on lead guitar, Brain Johnson on lead vocals, Cliff Williams on bass, Phil Rudd on drums, and Stevie Young on rhythm guitar.
Whether or not this picture is the cover of PWR/UP is not yet clear.
The inclusion of Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd is especially important in this announcement, since as of late both members were not a part of AC/DC. Johnson was forced to leave the band due to issues with hearing loss and was briefly replaced with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, while Rudd was let go to a drug conviction and threatening to kill a former employee, and famously said he would not rejoin unless Rose left their ranks.
The album’s new title, PWR/UP, was first brought to light for most of the world by a poster that was discovered outside of Angus Young’s high school in Sydney, Australia. Wrestler Triple H posted a picture of that poster, with the caption, “This poster has popped up outside Angus Young’s old High School. What are AC/DC up to?”
All of this comes after fan site AC/DC Brasil claimed it had screenshots of photos that were posted — and quickly thereafter deleted from — AC/DC’s website. The shots were supposedly of the band recording a video together in the Netherlands, and featured Brian Johnson on vocals, as well as Rudd playing with guitarist Stevie Young for the first time.
Check out the screenshots below:
More information on AC/DC’s upcoming comeback album as we know it.
Words by Chris Krovatin