AC/DC’s rumoured world tour announcement did not happen this week but they have taken the day to honour the 40th anniversary of their 1979 classic ‘Highway To Hell’.
“Celebrate with us all month long!” a post reads at Facebook. It was the first post at the AC/DC Facebook page since 19 November 2017 when the band announced the passing of their co-founder Malcolm Young.
The ‘Highway To Hell’ 40th anniversary celebration is of out of character for the band. ‘Highway To Hell’ was the sixth studio album for AC/DC, (or the seventh album counting the live ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’) but is the first time AC/DC have celebrated an album anniversary.
‘Highway To Hell’ was the last AC/DC album to feature the band’s second lead singer Bon Scott. The album was released on 27 July 1979. Bon’s last show was 27 January 1980 in Southampton, England. He died on 19 February 1980.
The songs Bon got to perform live before he died were ‘Shot Down In Flames’, ‘Walk All Over You’, ‘Highway To Hell’, ‘Girls Got Rhythm’, ‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It’).
‘Touch Too Much was performed for the first time on 22 May 2016 in Prague with Axl Rose on vocals.
‘Get It Hot’ was first performed by Brian Johnson with AC/DC on 1 August 2000.
AC/DC have never performed ‘Beating Around the Bush’, ‘Love Hungry Man’ or ‘Night Prowler’.
AC/DC were in the studio in Vancouver working on a new album last October, 2018. The album does feature Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams, all of who left (or were sacked) from the band after the last tour.
An official statement about the outcome of those sessions is still to happen.