Contrary to previously published reports, AC/DC's next studio effort will not surface in March.The band, who last album, "Stiff Upper Lip", was released in 2000, will meet in New York in March for the first time since the end of the "Stiff Upper Lip" tour to talk about the upcoming CD, vocalist Brian Johnson confirmed during an appearance last week on "The Mancow Show". Guitarists Angus Young and brother Malcolm will then hook up with Johnson in London to rehearse the new songs. Although no official release date has yet been given for the new CD, it is highly unlikely that the as-yet-untitled effort will surface before the end of the year. In other news, Australian newspaper The Sunday Herald ran a short story yesterday (Jan. 19) on the alleged snubbing of former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans by the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame. Despite having been told last November that he and fellow AC/DC band members Angus, Malcolm, Brian, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd and the late Bon Scott were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in March, Evans — who left the band in 1977 — was subsequently informed by the Hall Of Fame organizers that his name was no longer on the list and that he didn't meet the required criteria for inclusion. Evans — who spent time in the Australian band HEAVEN in the mid-'80s — played on AC/DC's "High Voltage", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "TNT", and "Let There Be Rock" albums, which have sold a combined 11 million copies in the U.S. (Thanks: Rising Power)
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