Could Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd be reuniting with AC/DC?
A new photo has surfaced showing ex-vocalist Brian Johnson and former drummer Phil Rudd hanging out with the band in Vancouver, sparking rumors of a possible reunion
AC/DC's lineup has taken a few hits in the last few years, leaving the legendary rock act with just one original member, lead guitarist Angus Young being the last man standing. However, that might change soon. A new photo along with reports out of Vancouver suggest that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band may be welcoming back a couple of classic members.
A few days ago, Canadian journalist Steve Newton of The Straight claimed a reliable source bumped into Stevie Young, nephew of Angus Young, who filled in for guitarist Malcolm Young and, more importantly, longtime drummer Phil Rudd who hasn't been with the band since 2014.
“The guy tells me that he had a quick chat with a couple of members of AC/DC in downtown Vancouver this morning”, The Straight’s Steve Newton claimed.
“One of the rockers that he talked to was Stevie Young, Angus Young’s nephew, who took over the rhythm-guitar spot in AC/DC from Angus’s brother Malcolm in 2014... The other rocker my source talked to was none other than, get this: Phil Rudd! Yes, Phil Rudd, the longtime AC/DC drummer who was himself replaced behind the kit by Chris “Thunderstruck” Slade in 2015 for the band’s Rock or Bust World Tour.”
To add to the excitement of the prospective reunion, a photo surfaced on Wednesday that shows former vocalist Brian Johnson and Rudd relaxing outside the city’s Warehouse Studios – and it’s claimed that the rest of the band are in tow too. Johnson was forced to stop touring with AC/DC in 2016 at risk of suffering permanent hearing loss. He was famously replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who helped AC/DC finish out their 'Rock or Bust Tour' that year.
It’s been a rough road for AC/DC over the past few years. As mentioned earlier, guitarist Malcolm Young (brother of Angus Young) left the band in 2014 due to health reasons. It was later revealed that he was battling dementia, and sadly he passed away last year at the age of 64. Stevie Young then stepped in as rhythm guitarist for the band. Meanwhile, despite playing on AC/DC’s last album — 2014’s 'Rock or Bust' — longtime drummer Phil Rudd became embroiled in serious legal issues in New Zealand, and never toured with the band in support of the album. He was replaced by Chris Slade, who had a previous stint with the band. Then two years later came Johnson's retirement due to permanent loss and on top of all that, bassist Cliff Williams announced he was retiring from the band once the 'Rock or Bust Tour' ended in September 2016.
So far, there’s no official word from the band’s management, and it's too early to say if that foreshadows Johnson and Rudd's return to the band. But something is surely brewing in the AC/DC universe, so stay tuned for the latest updates on this developing story.