AC/DC Reunion News Appears Imminent

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Rumors have been rampant in recent weeks about an AC/DC reunion, with reports of a tour announcement coming as early as Wednesday, July 17. It’s expected that former lead singer Brian Johnson will be back in the fold for concerts and new recordings. Though that day came and went, there has been new activity from the AC/DC camp. On July 16, at around 11 a.m. ET, the band’s Facebook page had a new post for the first time in 20 months, as they added a Highway to Hell 40th anniversary graphic and brief audio snippet.

[Their last post, from November 18, 2017, shared the news of the passing of Malcolm Young.]

On July 17, the band posted a clip of a vintage (’79) live clip from Holland of “Highway to Hell,” with the hashtag #H2H40.

This vintage photo was posted on July 18

And on Thursday, July 18, at around 10:32 a.m., a vintage photo was posted on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, again with the #H2H40 tag.

Sightings of past (Johnson, Phil Rudd) and present members (Angus Young and Stevie Young) showing up at a Vancouver recording studio got plenty of attention last year.

Within the past week, a Kansas City radio station, V100, shared news from a “reliable source” that an upcoming tour with Johnson would be announced soon. Johnson was forced out of the band in 2016 due to significant hearing problems that he encountered while on tour.

Doctors had advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. On April 16, 2016, the group issued a statement: “AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.”

Three days later, Johnson released his own statement which said in part: “I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life.

On June 1 of that year, the band announced that the “Rock or Bust World Tour” would resume with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose taking on lead vocals.

Since then, Johnson has been fitted with special in-ear devices that will allow him to stand up to the rigors of touring.

In June and July of this year, AC/DC’s official YouTube channel uploaded several classic live performances featuring Johnson.

On July 12, author Susan Masino – who has written about AC/DC – began a series of teaser posts about an AC/DC return on her Facebook page.

We’ll know soon enough.

Related: The inside story of AC/DC’s Back in Black

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