AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says the band is finished recording its new album. Since guitarist Malcolm Young remains hospitalized, his nephew Stevie filled in while recording the new material.
"It was brilliant over there," Johnson told Classic Rock magazine of recording in Vancouver, Canada. "We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs." He added: "We miss Malcolm obviously. He's a fighter. He's in hospital but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again. Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, 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 he 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."
Johnson also said the band has discussed a number of album titles, although he did not confirm the final verdict. He predicts that the album will hit stores later this year or early in 2015. Additionally, AC/DC is mapping out a world tour with Johnson hinting that the band will play U.K. dates at Wembley Stadium and Glasgow's Hampden Park next summer. It has been rumored that AC/DC is planning a 40th anniversary trek that would involve 40 concerts in 40 different venues, but that has not been made official.