Exclusive: AC/DC on the Creation of ‘Rock or Bust’
For some time now, the rumor has been that the new album -- AC/DC's first without Angus' brother Malcolm Young, who has retired after a dementia diagnosis -- was recorded in a mere 10 days. Johnson admits that it went quickly, but not quite that quickly.
"No, no -- it's impossible," Johnson says, of finishing 'Rock or Bust' in a week and a half. "You've gotta have four or five days of getting the sound right. It was very rapid, don't get me wrong. It was like four, four and a half weeks to get in and out of the studio. But after that, Angus went with ['Rock or Bust' producer] Brendan [O'Brien] and did some more work. You know, figuring out which was best to keep in and keep out. So, that took a bit longer, but that just goes with the territory."
That said, don't look for a whole lot of leftover material. Like Rush, who recently said they have empty song vaults, AC/DC tends to write until the album is completed -- and nothing more. "Anything we've ever done," Angus Young says, "it finishes when it's actually done and ready to go."
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