It's official: vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams are back in AC/DC

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The first new official photo of AC/DC has confirmed vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd (opens in new tab) are officially back in the band.

Rumours of their return began to surface from studio photos two years ago following Johnson's exit from the band in 2016 following issues with hearing loss and Rudd's exit after being found guilty of possession of drugs and other charges.

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They were replaced by Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose and returning drummer Chris Slade (opens in new tab) for the Rock Or Bust world tour. 

Williams retired from the band in 2017 but his return marks the return of the lineup who recorded the seminal 1980 album Back In Black, with the exception of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young (opens in new tab) who passed away in 2017 and was replaced in the band by nephew Stevie Young. 

The news follows a flurry of activity from the rock legend's camp with adverts appearing featuring  the question, "Are you ready?" above the words 'PWR-UP'.

It's speculated it refers to an album title 'Power-Up' as the follow-up to 2014's Rock Or Bust. 

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Rob Laing
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I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.