Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been nearly one whole year since I started the worldwide rumour that AC/DC was in Vancouver recording a new album at Gastown's Warehouse Studio with longtime producer Mike Fraser.
But it was August 1, 2018, when I posted that blog titled AC/DC sighting in Vancouver gets longtime fan (me) drooling over prospect of Aussie earbusters' new LP. In it I reported that "one of my rock 'n' roll sources on the street" had tipped me off that he'd run into AC/DC rhythm guitarist Stevie Young and estranged drummer Phil Rudd in downtown Vancouver that very morning. The news went viral because, hey, it's AC/fucking/DC, and everyone on earth who's ever shaken it all night long (or even just given the dog a bone) is crazy about that band.
"Fake news" hollered some, but then I put the disbelieving riff raff in their place one week later with another blog that included a photo of Rudd chuckling on the Warehouse Studio patio with Brian Freakin' Johnson, the much-loved AC/DC vocalist who'd been replaced on tour by Axl Rose because his hearing was screwed up.
The music world went apeshit. Hard-rock websites fell over themselves trying to score hits from the story. Heck, even the notoriously non-rockin' (unless it's the Hip) CBC wanted in on the action.
Fast forward to a few days ago and the AC/DC rumours are still making the rounds. The latest tidbit comes from a rock radio station in Topeka, Kansas, called V100. "Our sources are telling us that the band is set to announce a 2019-2020 World Tour next week on Wednesday," reads a post on the station's website. "Our source is someone close with the AC/DC camp and we believe them to be a reliable source."
I guess we'll see just how reliable that source is the day after tomorrow, when and if AC/DC announces that world tour, which damn well better include a Vancouver date. I'm sure that any official press release sent from the band's luxurious head office will include a hearty thank you to yours truly for keeping the AC/DC buzz alive. You're welcome, guys. I did it in memory of Mal, ya know.