Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC have completed work on their new studio album, due later in the year. The group’s lead singer Brian Johnson revealed to TeamRock Radio earlier today that he and his bandmates have toyed with the idea of calling the CD “Man Down” in reference to guitarist Malcolm Young‘s health problems which have forced him to take a break from AC/DC.
Johnson made his comments while he was being recognized at Northumbria University, Newcastle, England. He received an honorary doctorate during Northumbria’s July graduation ceremonies alongside students graduating from Engineering and Environment degree program (see photos below).
Johnson last month said that the band is “very likely” to tour before the end of the year. He made his comments in a brief message at his web site, in which he thanked fans for their support of his U.K. television series “Cars That Rock”.
AC/DC was at one point expected to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world, which have not yet been announced.
But then in April, the band confirmed widespread reports that Malcolm Young was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke.
The iconic hard rock act stated that it will “continue to make music,” and began recording sessions with producer Brendan O’Brien in May in Vancouver.
The group may have enlisted Stevie Young, the nephew of guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, to take Malcolm‘s place in the band for the recording sessions for their 16th studio album. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.