AC/DC’s new album ‘PWR/UP’ to feature riffs but no actual guitar playing from Malcolm Young
Singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams were recently interviewed on the Rock 100.5 Atlanta radio station about AC/DC‘s much anticipated new studio album PWR/UP, which will be released on November 13, 2020. AC/DC‘s new single “Shot In The Dark” will be released tomorrow (on November 7, 2020).
In terms of what fans can expect to hear on PWR/UP, Johnson indicated (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“There’s a lot of [rumors] about [late AC/DC rhythm guitarist] Malcolm‘s [Young] guitar playing [being on the album], [and] well, of course, that’s not true. But what is true is the fact that Angus and Malcolm had done riffs together all their life and really had a big box of them. And Angus said he basically just went through them all and he went, ‘Oh, that’s a good one. This is a good one.’ And he brought them out. So it really is true that Malcolm is on there, basically, in spirit and all of that. And he’s such a strong character in life. And I think everybody in the band still felt, especially Angus, his brother, [that Malcolm] is in everything. We’re always conscious of that, that he’s watching over, ‘You’d better do it right. You’d better do it AC/DC style or just not do it at all.’ And the songs came in — Angus came in with ’em and all, and worked with Brendan O’Brien, the producer, and I went into just a regular little control room, and we just went for it. And we’d take it back, and Angus would have a listen and see if there was anything that needed changing… But there wasn’t much [that needed to be changed].”
You can read other transcribed excerpts from the interview with Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams via Blabbermouth or listen to the interview by Rock 100.5 Atlanta below: