AC/DC album finished: Brian Johnson

Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC Premiere of 'AC/DC - Live at...

Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC Premiere of 'AC/DC - Live at River Plate' at Hammersmith Apollo in London, England. (Ricky Swift/WENN.com)

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AC/DC fans, the wait for a new studio album is nearly over.

Frontman Brian Johnson revealed the news the hard rockers have wrapped up work on their 15th studio effort, according to an interview with Metal Hammer.

“It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs," the 66-year-old singer said.

Things in the AC/DC camp got thrown for a loop earlier this year after it was revealed founding member Malcolm Young had been stricken with an unknown illness, but the band charged on without him, wrapping up sessions in Vancouver with Malcolm's nephew Stevie Young subbing in for him.

Johnson, however, did admit that the absence of his longtime bandmate and friend took a toll on the group.

“Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent,” Johnson told MH, “but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] 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.”

Various album titles have been floated around but not decided on, including one working title called "Man Down," as a tribute to Young.

The new album, the follow-up to 2008's "Black Ice," is due out later this year or early 2015. A world tour is expected to follow the release.


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