Looks Like Cliff Williams Was Also With AC/DC in Vancouver
We still don't know exactly what AC/DC were doing in Vancouver last year, but a newly uncovered photo seems to confirm bassist Cliff Williams was there with them.
Last August, photographs surfaced of Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Stevie Young at the same Vancouver recording studio where the band recorded its past three albums: 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, 2008's Black Ice and 2014's Rock or Bust.
A photo posted in December on Instagram seems to show Johnson and Williams either before or after a workout. Williams' presence would complete the five-piece lineup that recorded Rock or Bust.
The bassist announced his retirement from the group in September 2016, at the end of the chaotic Rock or Bust tour, which was its first without the late Malcolm Young, who was suffering from numerous health issues prior to his November 2017 death.
After the recording of the Rock or Bust album, legal trouble kept drummer Rudd from joining the tour. Chris Slade took his place, having previously performed with AC/DC from 1989-94. Then Johnson was forced off the road by hearing problems. He was replaced for the tour's final dates by Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose. Williams' retirement left Angus Young as the only remaining member of the band's 1994-2014 lineup.
While these photos show all five of the men who recorded Rock or Bust have at least been together near a recording studio in recent months, the band hasn't confirmed any of this or issued any statement regarding its future recording and touring plans.
An unverified report from JAM Magazine quotes "a reliable source inside the AC/DC camp" as stating that the group is working to complete songs from a large stash of unreleased material written and partially recorded by Angus and Malcolm Young prior to the recording of Black Ice.