After rumors began swirling of AC/DC's retirement, the band has released an official statement regarding Malcom Young's health.
“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
Brian Johnson earlier confirmed that the band will continue to make music and disclosed that a member of the band was battling a debilitating disease.
But his comments suggest there’s at least a hint of doubt about the band’s future, and no guarantee that their planned 40th anniversary tour will go ahead.
Johnson tells the Telegraph: “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We’re going to pick up guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens we’ll record it.”
“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” says Johnson. “I’m not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don’t want to say too much about it. He’s very proud and private. A wonderful chap. We’ve been pals for 25 years and I look up to him very much.”
Previously Johnson had said there were plans for AC/DC to play 40 shows to mark their 40th anniversary – but now states “That would be a wonderful way to say bye-bye. We would love to do it – but it’s all up in the air at the moment.”
Get well soon Malcom!
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