AC/DC - Cliff 'n' Brian Rock The Ox! Page 3
by Martin Popoff

And how about an album from that other band you're in?

"Whenever the guys are ready, I guess. Whenever the brothers have got the material that they're happy with. Then we'll get together and do it. And it's very hard to predict that. Brian and I have been working on some stuff, but it's been this material; he's been writing those lyrics, but not AC/DC."

But it does seem like Malcolm and Angus are actually working on music down under?

"Oh yeah, it's in the works. But it's been a few years now, hasn't it? (laughs). That they've been working on material. It's just taking long. We've done this before in the '80s, I think, where we took about four years, until we got around to doing something, it's the same situation."

Asked for a bit of a critique of the last AC/DC album, Cliff says that "Stiff Upper Lip, we did in Vancouver, and I guess every studio has its slightly different nuances, sound-wise and so on. But I don't know if it shifted to the point where we can say we did this because of this reason. We tried to keep it pretty consistent, actually. Maybe even a bit better. It was a lot of fun to do. You know, we did that in three months, which... we hadn't done an album in three months for a long time. And it's just that that studio worked extremely well for us. A very comfortable vibe in there, and the sound was coming back at us like we were trying to put it down - which might sound strange, but some rooms don't do that. It was a good rock 'n' roll room, and it went by very smoothly."

In closing, Cliff offers a note about the logistics of this novel concert series. "The way it will run is that Steve and Mark will play with Joe on his stuff, and then Mark Farner will work with Steve and Mark and a bass player, Jeff (Farner will also be playing guitar, and of course, be the singer for his set). And then Brian and I will get up and we'll do our little bit. But yeah, we're having a lot of fun with it and we'll see where it takes us, you know? It's a good time we're having right now, and it's great to be playing."

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