AC/DC's "Rock N Roll Train" might be heading back to the stage sooner than expected. In a news update on his car-racing website, singer Brian Johnson wrote he would need to take a break from his U.K. TV series Cars That Rock in the near future due to "the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC." More specifically, he wrote, "It looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year." And in his signoff, he promised, "Stand by for more music."
Earlier this year, the group announced that it would be moving forward on a new album without one of its founding members, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who would be "taking a break from the band due to ill health." Johnson told the Daily Telegraph at the time that the group would be gathering in a Vancouver recording studio in May. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas," he said. "If anything happens, we'll record it."
Prior to that, Johnson had said that the group was planning a 40th anniversary tour. In February, he said the group hoped to play 40 gigs as a thank you to AC/DC's fans. "We'll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth," he said. "You know what?! It's been four years [since we last went out on the road], and I'm really looking forward to it."