AC/DC Planning New Album and 40th-Anniversary Tour

If it feels like you haven't been hearing a lot about AC/DC of late, that's about to change in a big way this year.

This past Friday, in an interview with a Florida radio station 98.7 "the Gater," AC/DC's Brian Johnson said the band is about to head into the studio. He also said they're in the process of planning a 40th-anniversary tour.

"Well, you’ll be the first one to know," Johnson the Gater's Andy Preston (as reported by Ultimate Classic Rock). "Really, because we’ve been denying anything, 'cause we weren’t sure … but I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready."

The new album will be AC/DC's first studio release since 2008's Black Ice.

"It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence," Johnson said. "I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. 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. You know what?! It’s been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I’m really looking forward to it."

What's that? Can't picture AC/DC in 1974? Check out the clip below. It's the video for "Can I Sit Next To You Girl," their first single, from July 1974 featuring Dave Evans on vocals.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.