AC/DC Ready To Rock Again With New Album


February 19, 2008

Australian hard rock icons AC/DC are getting closer to ending an eight-year drought of new music. “God, I’m ready,” bassist Cliff Williams, who was in L.A. to participate at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, tells Spinner. To that end, the group will hit the studio March 1.

Almost as long as the wait for new music is the band’s absence from the stage. Tour plans, however, aren’t as firm. “If we go out again or when we go out again,” Williams said. “You just never know. We’ve been around a long time, so we’re going to get together and get in the studio and I fully expect we will [tour.]. I don’t mean to be so negative about that. [When] the last tour ended in early ’01, you’d see kids on their dads’ shoulders. And these kids were like 10, 12 years old. It will be tremendous to see that again. And it’s very cool — younger kids getting into older music.”

Williams admits that he doesn’t listen to his own stuff very often, but on hand at the Rock Camp, the bassist did get a new perspective on some of the band’s classics. And what’s standing out for him lately? “‘Down Payment Blues,’ ‘Live Wire’ — I dig a lot of the old stuff,” he says. “It’s amazing. We look back on old albums — look at tracks — and I don’t remember the tracks from the title. But those two songs I would love to play.”

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