AC/DC have posted on social media for the first time in 20 months, strongly hinting at new activity from the band.
At exactly 3pm this afternoon UK time, AC/DC posted a short 8 second video on Facebook celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Highway To Hell’.
Captioned ‘Celebrate with us all month long! ⚡️#H2H40’, and with the iconic opening guitars of ‘Highway To Hell’ playing, the animated clip features AC/DC’s logo before the album cover appears and the years ‘1979’ and ‘2019’ flash onto the screen.
AC/DC's last studio album to feature the late-great Bon Scott, 'Highway To Hell' was released on 27th July 1979.
Watch the tantalisingly brief video here:
Highway To Hell 40th Anniversary
Celebrate with us all month long! ⚡️#H2H40Posted by AC/DC on Monday, July 15, 2019
Moments later, the band updated their profile picture with the Highway To Hell 1979 – 2019 image and they also shared the video to Twitter.
Unsurprisingly, the posts have already sparked intense speculation from fans about what AC/DC are up to including whether it’s a Highway To Hell 40th anniversary re-release, a new tour, or both.
Rumours that AC/DC are returning with a new album and Brian Johnson back on vocal duties have been widespread for almost a year now.
Last August, a series of photos emerged online that depicted the Brian, Phil Rudd and engineer Mike Fraser outside Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios where Stevie and Angus Young were also spotted that week.
The speculation intensified weeks later when JAM Magazine quoted sources who claimed that the new AC/DC album will be dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Young and feature his distinctive rhythm guitar playing lifted from recording sessions several years before ‘Black Ice’.
Then in January of this year, grindcore band Terrorizer revealed on Facebook that Brian told them he had rejoined AC/DC.
They wrote: “We ran into Brian Johnson from AC/DC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumours of him being on the new AC/DC album and he said 'yes' and that he is 'sick of denying it.' So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour."
In April, the band’s long-term engineer Mike Fraser confirmed that AC/DC have been in the studio “doing something” and weeks later US radio DJ Eddie Trunk quoted “reliable sources” who told him AC/DC will "absolutely" tour with Brian Johnson.
Then just last Thursday, Kansas radio station V-100 reported that AC/DC will announce a new tour this week.
Fingers crossed there will be further announcements from AC/DC very soon!