UPDATE 7:30 a.m. PT: AC/DC has posted the following on Facebook, "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." We hope Malcolm overcomes his illness and is able
to rejoin his mates.
Yesterday, we posted about reports coming from Australia
that AC/DC was on
the verge of announcing their retirement. As we mentioned on Tuesday the band itself had
quiet about the state of the band, but now AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told The Telegraph the group isn't retiring - at least not
Though Johnson confirmed one member of the band was suffering from ill health, he told the
paper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up
some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything
happens, we'll record it."
However the singer wasn't quick to announce the band will be performing anytime soon or
that the recording sessions in May will definitely lead to a new album, "I wouldn't like
to say anything either way about the future, 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 is very proud
and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very
Johnson would certainly like to return to the road. When asked about the possibility of a
40th anniversary tour, he told The Telegraph "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." We'll see what
happens, but it would appear from Brian Johnson's quotes that a retirement announcement
won't be coming this week as some Australian outlets had reported.
[via The Telegraph / Hat Tip - Consequence of Sound]