Back in black! AC/DC will tour Australia in late 2020 – with singer Brian Johnson returning four years after he quit due to hearing problems
AC/DC are rumoured to be announcing a world stadium tour with Brian Johnson, 72, resuming his position on vocals.
On Monday, broadcaster Eddie McGuire leaked the news on his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show.
‘The greatest rock band in the history of Australian music will be reforming and playing in Australia in October/November this year!’ he announced.
Back in black! AC/DC are rumoured to be announcing a world stadium tour with Brian Johnson (left) resuming his position on vocals. Pictured with Angus Young in London on July 4, 2015
AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust.
Eddie said: ‘My mail is, there will be a new album released by AC/DC in February or March this year, but also that AC/DC will be touring Australia [in] October/November 2020.
‘And after a lot of work and a lot of technical research they have been able to get a hearing aid for Brian Johnson, who will be out front, and even Phil Rudd might be back in the group either playing percussion or drums.’
‘Darkest day of my professional life’: Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave AC/DC mid-tour in 2016. But he has apparently ‘been able to get a hearing aid’ that allows him to perform
Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave the band mid-tour in 2016.
He was temporarily replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who served as vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts.
Doctors had advised the frontman to either quit performing live or face the possibility of ‘total hearing loss’.
‘That was the darkest day of my professional life,’ Brian said of the diagnosis at the time.
McGuire also claimed that lead guitarist Angus Young, 64, would join the tour, as well as drummer Phil Rudd, 65, who left the group in 2014 amid legal troubles.
‘I’m hearing the album will be out February [or] March, and we’ll all be banging our heads like the old days,’ he added.
Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California
AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.
Following the death of lead singer Bon Scott from acute alcoholic poisoning at the age of 33 in 1980, Brian Johnson was hired to replace him.
Rhythm guitarist Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and retired to a Sydney nursing home. He died on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.
AC/DC have yet to formally announce a 2020 album or Australian tour.
Coming soon? AC/DC have yet to formally announce a 2020 album or Australian tour. So far, the only details are rumours from radio host Eddie McGuire. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000