Brian Johnson “Told Not To” Reveal Anything About The Future Plans Of AC/DC

Brian Johnson "Told Not To" Reveal Anything About The Future Plans Of AC/DC

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson sat with Eddie Trunk to discuss the band’s future, but he didn’t say anything about it, as he “told not to”.

Formed in 1973, AC/DC is considered one of the most successful rock acts in the community. They sounded heavy metal and blues rock, but their music was widely described as rock and roll. Also, for those who don’t know, the band made its debut with High Voltage in 1975 and has released seventeen studio albums to date. Furthermore, the band toured over 20 times to rock its fans outside.


However, AC/DC has been silent since its seventeenth studio album, named Power Up, released on November 13, 2022. Their latest tour took place between 2015 and 2016 – named Rock or Bust World Tour – to promote their penultimate album, Rock or Burst, released in 2014. Since then, the band has yet to reveal any news about the future, so everyone wonders if the band will ever play live again.

During the December 19 episode of SiriusXM‘s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Brian  Johnson was asked to reveal if AC/DC plans to play live. The singer’s answer was a bit confusing, as he didn’t prefer to answer the question.

“I’m not answering that,” Johnson said. “Why should I? First of all, there’s five members in this band, and to ask one member isn’t fair.”

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In the continuation of the conversation, Eddie wanted to learn Brian Johnson‘s own thoughts about playing live with AC/DC in the future. The 75-year-old singer insisted on not answering the question, as he was told not to answer any question like that.

“Eddie, I cannot answer that,” he says. “I’ve been told not to by everybody. It’s the official line.”

Elsewhere, Brian Johnson was asked if AC/DC would record a new album that will be a follow-up to the latest one, Power Up. After touching on social media’s ugly side, Johnson once again refrained from answering.

“It’s gettin’ tabloidy here,” Johnson states. “You’re gettin’ tabloidy.”

“If I say one thing, it’ll be blown out of all proportion. You just can’t afford to talk now. There’s too much blabber on the Internet. And I’m not on any kind of Face-thing or social media at all — never have been. It’s just gossip.”

Top 10 Highest-Selling AC/DC Albums Until 2022

10. Ballbreaker

Number of Sales: 5.7 Million

The list starts with AC/DC‘s thirteenth studio album, Ballbreaker. Consisting of 11 tracks in total, AC/DC released the album on September 26, 1995. The album was a follow-up to the twelfth, The Razors Edge.

At press time, the album has 4.16 million studio album sales. In total, the album has sold 5.7 million copies worldwide. The album is the tenth highest-selling AC/DC album of all time, as of April 2022.

9. Powerage

Number of Sales: 6.6 Million

Marking the debut release of the band’s bassist Cliff Williams who replaced the original Mark Evans, Powerage is the ninth highest-selling AC/DC album until 2022 with 6.6 million album sales.

Consisting of 9 songs in its all CD releases, Powerage is the fifth studio album of AC/DC. The album includes some of the band’s beloved songs such as Gone Shootin, Kicked in the Teeth, Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation, Down Payment Blues, Gimme A Bullet, and Riff Raff. Receiving 3x Platinum by ARIA and Platinum by RIAA, the album peaked at number 133 on Billboard’s US 200 chart.

8. Black Ice

Number of Sales: 7.7 Million

Black Ice is one of the band’s recent releases alongside the last two Power Up and Rock Or Bust. Being the band’s fifteenth studio album, AC/DC has released the album on October 20, 2008.

As some of you might know, AC/DC had struggled with bad luck during the recording process of the album. It was delayed after the bassist Cliff Williams sustained an injury. Furthermore, the band had decided to change its label from Elektra to Sony Music.

Back in the day, AC/DC had decided not to sell the album digitally, as they released the album in physical formats. At press time, over 7 million copies have been sold as studio album sales. To date, the number of sales of the album is 7.7 million, which means it is the eighth highest-selling AC/DC album until 2022.

7. AC/DC – Let There Be Rock

Number of Sales: 12.1 Million

Let There Be Rock is the fourth studio album of AC/DC released on March 21, 1977. Being the first album to reach double-digit sales figures, the album was the last album that featured Mark Evans on bass.

With the album, AC/DC brought a bunch of hit songs to the fans. Let There Be Rock, Dog Eat Dog, Whole Lotta Rosie, Problem Child, Go Down, and Overdose are some of those hit songs. If we forgot, please share with us!

The album was certified 7x Platinum in total. While 5x Platinum came from ARIA, 2x Platinum came from RIAA. In addition to those certifications, the album had peaked at number 154 on US Billboard 200 chart. It was also the number 19 on 1977’s Australian Albums Charts.

As of April 2022, Let There Be Rock has sold 12.1 million copies worldwide. The album marks the seventh highest-selling AC/DC album of all time.

6. For Those About To Rock We Salute You

Number of Sales: 12.2 Million

The sixth of the list is the band’s eighth studio release, named For Those About to Rock We Salute You, with the number of 12.2 million sales. The band has released the album on November 20, 1981, and followed the huge success they received with seventh Back in Black.

The album consists of 10 tracks and more than 40-min listening time in total. Written by Brian Johnson and Young Brothers, the album features the self-titled opening track For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), Let’s Get It Up, Put the Finger on You, and Breaking the Rules.

Peaking at number one on US Billboard 200 chart during 1981 and 1982, the album peaked at number three on the Australian Albums chart in the same years. At press time, the album was certified 12-time Platinum in total. While ARIA certified 5x Platinum the album, RIAA certified 4x Platinum, and SNEP, BVMI, and IFPI certified Platinum separately.

5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Number of Sales: 13.4 Million

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is the third studio album of AC/DC. The album was originally released on September 20, 1976. In that year, AC/DC did not release the album in the United States. Five years after its release, AC/DC released the album in the US in 1981.

Featuring Ride On, Jailbreak, Rocker, Problem Child, There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin, and many more, the album has received 13x Platinum certifications in total. While Germany’s BVMI certified Platinum the album, ARIA and RIAA certified 6x Platinum separately.

However, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is the fifth highest-selling album of AC/DC, with 13.4 million sales.

4. AC/DC – High Voltage

Number of Sales: 14.3 Million

AC/DC‘s debut release, High Voltage, has sold 14.3 million copies as of April 2022, which means it is the fourth of the list.

At first, the album was released only in Australia on February 17, 1975, except for the band’s 1976-year international release that includes a different track list. Receiving only 5x Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, the album consisted of 8 tracks in total.

3. The Razors Edge

Number of Sales: 18.8 Million

The Razors Edge is the 1990 release of the rock band AC/DC. The album marks the band’s twelfth studio album that was a follow-up to the Blow Up Your Video.

The album is considered one of the greatest AC/DC albums of all time. Including the band’s hit songs Thunderstruck, the self-titled The Razors Edge, Are You Ready, and Mistress for Christmas, the album has 18 songs in total.

The album has sold over 18.8 million copies worldwide, and it is the third-highest selling AC/DC albums until 2022.

2. Highway To Hell

Number of Sales: 23.2 Million

Highway To Hell was one of those albums that helped AC/DC to reach its world success. Released on July 27, 1979, the album is the band’s sixth studio album that marks the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott.

The album’s self-titled opening track Highway To Hell had attracted great attention from rock fans back in the day it was released. Peaking at number two on the French Album chart in 1979, the album was number eight on the UK Albums chart. US Billboard 200 chart numbered it 17 in the same year.

In total, the album received 17 Platinum certifications. While 7x Platinum came from RIAA, 5x Platinum came from ARIA. Music Canada certified it 2x Platinum while IFPI Switzerland, SNEP, and BPI certified Platinum.

However, Highway To Hell is the second highest-selling album of AC/DC, with 23.2 million sales in total.

1. AC/DC – Back In Black

Number of Sales: 60.6 Million

Okay, here is the greatest one. Back in Black is the highest-selling AC/DC album of all time, with 60.6 million sales as of April 2022.

Marking the first album to feature the band’s current singer Brian Johnson after the death of the late singer Bon Scott, the album was released on July 25, 1980. Even though it has been more than 4 decades since the album’s release, Back in Black has been a huge inspiration for every musician.

In this album, AC/DC sang some of its hit tracks such as Hells Bells, Shoot To Thrill, You Shook Me All Night Long, What Do You Do For Money Honey, Have a Drink on Me, and Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.

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