AC/DC announced the completion of a new album, the band's first since "Black Ice" released in 2008.
"We’re done. I’m very excited, and we’ve got some great songs," said frontman Brian Johnson, Rolling Stone reported
Wednesday. He expects the album – which has yet to be named – to be released in late 2014 or early next year.
Johnson said he was proud of the new songs, and had a blast recording it in Vancouver, commenting "It was brilliant over there."
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He did acknowledge that it was somewhat difficult, however, to record without the band's longtime rhythm guitarist, Malcolm Young.
"He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again," he told Classic Rock
in an interview.
Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and his lead guitarist brother, Angus Young, filled in for his uncle, however, and the band was very pleased with the result.
"Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult," said Johnson.
"But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy, but he’s very strong. He’s proud, and he’s very private, so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back."
AC/DC plans to go on tour with the new album, and Johnson also hopes to create a 40th anniversary tour to celebrate the band's first album, "High Voltage," released in 1975.
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