AC/DC confirmed that their guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is very ill, but the band suggest they will continue making music.
The statement reads, “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.”
Young, 61, formed the group in 1973 in Sydney, Australia, with his brother Angus. The statement did not reveal what his illness was, but he was rumored to have suffered a stroke and have a blood clot on the brain.
Mark Gable, a fellow musician, told Australia’s ABC Radio that Malcolm Young “is sick. … It’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious.”
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Brian Johnson denied rumors that AC/DC are splitting up.
Johnson said, “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. 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 much.”
He adds, “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. AC/DC is such a tight family. We’ve stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn’t and people got it that we are the real deal.”
Malcolm Young’s guitar is a major part of the AC/DC sound that fans love.
Malcolm previously said of their music, “People can go out and hear R.E.M. if they want deep lyrics, but at the end of the night, they want to go home and get f*****! That’s where AC/DC comes into it”.
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