Did AC/DC accidentally confirm their comeback with leaked photos?

Brian Johnson and Angus Young onstage in 2016
Brian Johnson and Angus Young onstage in 2016 (Image credit: Jason Squires / Getty Images)

Blink and you'd miss it, but AC/DC may have unofficially confirmed the news that they're back together, and that new music is on the way.

According to a Brazilian AC/DC fansite, photos showing the current line-up of the band were briefly published on the AC/DC website last week before quickly being removed. The photos, which appear to have been taken during a video shoot, show drummer Phil Rudd and guitarist Stevie Young together onstage for the first time. 

The fansite also claims that the footage was shot in the Netherlands in February this year, that the resulting video may be released shortly, and that a new album from the band will appear before the end of the year.  

News of an AC/DC reunion began to emerge in August 2018, when Brian Johnson and estranged drummer Phil Rudd were spotted outside Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios where the band have recorded several albums in the past.

They were then photographed with longterm engineer Mike Fraser at the same location, with Fraser later confirming the band have been back in the studio “doing something."

In July of this year former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider claimed the new AC/DC studio album had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, after revealing last year that the record would feature tracks recorded by the late Malcolm Young along with “all four surviving members.”

“This is going to be a miracle of technology," said Snider. "What will be achieved, the reuniting of the band that we know for one more album, is going to be uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time because nothing goes on forever. But this is the ultimate 'one more time.'"

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.