AC/DC may be announcing their retirement after 41 years, after news that their guitarist and songwriter, Malcolm Young, is terminally ill.
The rock band, who formed in 1973, will not continue without their original member and are set to announce their split. Sad day for fans.
Sources close to the band have confirmed that guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, 61, has returned to Australia with his family. There are reports Malcolm has suffered a stroke and is unable to perform.
The claims were originally made in an email to Perth radio station 6PR by a person identifying himself as ”Thunderstruck”.
The man stated, ”My information is that Malcolm Young has moved himself and his family back to Australia, he’s very very ill and that AC/DC may well be history.”
The email stated, “I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family. AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC’s son has stated that AC/DC may well be over.”
A month ago Malcolm Young reportedly suffered a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain.
AC/DC reunited at the start of April for rehearsals before recording of their new studio album and a 40th Anniversary world tour. Malcolm discovered he wasn’t able to play like he used to and the band decided to call it quits.
Mark Evans, the son of original AC/DC singer Dave Evans, tweeted a few hours ago that reports of AC/DC’s imminent retirement announcement are not merely rumors.
He stated, “Malcolm Young is very sick…. [Malcolm’s son] Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out…. But yes, the band will be finished…. No new shows or music.”
Australian journalist Darryl Mason revealed that “when AC/DC recently reunited in a rehearsal studio, Malcolm Young discovered he had forgotten how to play, due to a brain clot on his brain.”
Earlier this year, AC/DC’s singer, Brian Johnson, confirmed to a Florida radio station that a band member had been taken ill.
“We’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure,” he said. “One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything, and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything.”
AC/DC was formed by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young in 1973.
Original singer Dave Evans was replaced by Bon Scott in 1974 before the recording of the band’s first album, High Voltage. Scott became the principal lyricist for the music written by the guitar-playing Young brothers.
Scott died in 1980 just as the band started work on a new album. He was replaced by Brian Johnson.
This is certainly sad news for all of us fans. AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” was my first 8-track as a kid. Sad news.
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