AC/DC is celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of their most beloved albums, but the nod to Highway to Hell on the band’s Instagram is noteworthy for another reason: it was their first social media post since the end of 2017.
The short clip featuring a snippet of the title track simply asked fans to celebrate with the band all month long, but the post was followed by a rare live performance of “Highway to Hell” in Holland from 1979.
Four decades of one of the greatest hard rock albums of history is worth acknowledging on its own, but AC/DC breaking its social media silence is the latest noise pointing to a new album and/or tour with Brian Johnson back in front of the mic.
The band’s longtime engineer recently confirmed Johnson had been in the studio with AC/DC a few months after he and drummer Phil Rudd were spotted in Vancouver. Johnson was forced to leave the band in 2016 because of serious hearing loss. Rudd was replaced by Chris Slade in 2015.
It has also been reported that a potential new album would include guitar riffs recorded by the late Malcolm Young. He and brother Angus were said to have recorded hundreds of songs together five years before the release of 2008’s Black Ice.