Fans of AC/DC may not have to wait very long to see the hard rock band live. This morning Lead singer Brian Johnson posted on his website that “We hope to bring you more shows [of his reality tv series Cars That Rock] in the near future but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC – and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music – and more Cars That Rock. thanks – Brian”.
This coy announcement of a possible tour has electrified the AC/DC faithful, who before had assumed that any live performances would have to wait at least until 2015. Earlier this year AC/DC announced plans to move forward on a new album without founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young. Young’s departure, due to ill health, caused speculation that the end of AC/DC was soon to follow but the album announcement relieved many nervous fans.
Way back in February Johnson spoke to Palm Beach Radio station 98.7 The Gator about a future Tour for the band’s 40th anniversary. “It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence,” Johnson stated. “So 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.”
Johnson has been the lead singer of Australian rock band AC/DC since filling in the large shoes for deceased front man Ronald “Bon” Scott. Fortunately for Johnson his debut with the band would be Back in Black, a classic of Rock & Roll that became AC/DC’s biggest success and the 6th highest selling album of all-time in the US. With tracks like “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Hell’s Bells”, and the titular “Back in Black”, Johnson ushered in a bold new era of the band while still honoring the memory of Scott. In 2003 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Police, and The Righteous Brothers.
So far the tour is just speculation with no official date announced. If AC/DC is to celebrate 40 years an official announcement has to come within the next month or two. We’ll just have to wait and see.