Latest in AC/DC Rumors: Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd & Cliff Williams are Back in the Mix

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This week has brought with it some heavy teasing from AC/DC, as the Australian hard-rock band has posted a series of cryptic and intriguing things on social media — and the latest is rather noteworthy.

Whatever AC/DC has in store for us in the coming days/weeks/months, it’ll involve vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams, as the trio have officially returned to the group.

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AC/DC dropped the exciting news early Wednesday:

Johnson, Rudd and Williams each left the band in recent years for various reasons. Rudd couldn’t help the band tour for 2014’s Rock or Bust due to being arrested on charges of drug possession and threatening to kill two men, Johnson left the band due to extensive hearing loss and Williams retired before the tour ended.

But now, six years later, they’re all back in the mix for … whatever the band has in store. Announcing important band updates in this fashion would imply that there will indeed be BIG things from the band, perhaps a new album. The most recent album from the band was 2014’s Rock or Bust, the band’s 16th studio album to date.

This update comes after the band unveiled a mysterious new PWRUP website:

Online rumors ran rampant recently after a series of photos — featuring featuring vocalist Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd — briefly surfaced on the band’s official website before being taken down. Johnson left AC/DC in 2016 due to extensive hearing loss issues, while Rudd was replaced on one of their recent tours due to various legal issues he faced in 2015.

Additionally, Twisted Sister icon Dee Snider revealed in late July that the next AC/DC album was recorded and finished — and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic:

“This is gonna be a miracle of technology,” Snider told ABC Radio“What will be achieved, the reuniting of the band that we know for one more album, is gonna to be uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Because nothing goes on forever. But this is the ultimate ‘one more time.’”

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