Brian Johnson says, with or without ailing guitarist Malcolm Young, AC/DC‘s 15th album is complete.

In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, frontman Johnson said that the band’s new album, their first since 2008’s Black Ice, is in the can, though a release date is not yet confirmed.

The album was completed, said Johnson, following quick final sessions conducted in Vancouver.

Johnson admitted in the interview that Young’s absence was definitely felt during the album’s completion, something that has informed the record as a whole, for which he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young.

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“Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult,” Johnson said. “But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back.”



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