Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is quite pleased that AC/DC is apparently once again making music with singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams, after all three left the group at various points during its 2014-2016 Rock Or Bust cycle. Guns frontman Axl Rose even handled vocals on two legs of the 2016 tour.
Slash told Consequence Of Sound, “Where do I start? AC/DC is bar none, with the exception of the Stones, the greatest rock 'n' roll band ever. The Stones will always come first for me and then AC/DC. There are no other bands that actually play that brand of really '50s-influenced straight-up rock 'n' roll like AC/DC.”
Slash told us a while back about meeting AC/DC for the first time in 2000, when his then-band Slash's Snakepit opened for them: “Brian Johnson broke the ice. He came into our dressing room the night of the first show. I was like, I had my pants halfway up when he came in, and everybody was scattered around the room and everything was really quiet. All of the sudden the door flung open and Brian Johnson comes in in a towel and he goes, 'Hey, nice to meet ya folks. Just wanted ya to have a good show, blah blah blah.' And we were just like, 'whoa.'”
Johnson and Rudd, along with guitarists Angus Young and Stevie Young, were photographed outside Vancouver's Warehouse Studios last August. Based on the pictures, the assumption has been that AC/DC is in the midst of making another album. Online reports have also indicated that Angus Young will dedicate the new AC/DC album to his late brother, co-founder Malcolm Young, who died in 2017.
Slash is currently on tour with his solo band The Conspirators, but will return to the road with Guns N' Roses this fall. Guns N' Roses is also planning to make a new album, the first in more than a quarter century to feature Slash, Axl and founding bassist Duff McKagan.