Despite the personal and health issues that plagued AC/DC prior to hitting the studio prior to recording the upcoming Power Up album — guitarist and leader Angus Young maintains it was smooth sailing from the first.
AC/DC dove into sessions after a particularly trying time for the group; bassist Cliff Williams had retired from the band back in 2016 at the conclusion of the global trek behind the Rock Or Bust album — which featured Axl Rose temporarily replacing Brian Johnson, who was suffering from hearing issues. Drummer Phil Rudd, who battled both drug and legal issues, also came back behind the kit for the first time since 2015.
During a chat with Australia's Triple M radio, Angus Young said that the Power Up sessions were nothing but business as usual: ["Everyone was happy to be, y'know, doin' it. For us, it was probably as we all knew it. Y'know, there was no pressure for anyone, we just felt like, get in — we got the songs, let's do it. And that's how we've always done it — any album we ever did. We always tried to get all the hard work done before, get the songs all together, so, you get in the studio and all we had to concentrate on was gettin' great performance"] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . gettin' great performance)
Power Up, which AC/DC's 17th studio set, will be released on November 13th.
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