AC/DC confirms guitarist Malcolm Young taking a break from band

The guitarist is taking a break due to ill health

AC/DC has released a message via their website confirming that guitarist and co-founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break due to ill 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,” the statement reads. “Malcolm would like to thank the group’s die hard 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 reported earlier today (April 16th) that frontman Brian Johnson stated to the UK’s Telegraph, “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.”

Johnson also stated the band is gearing up to hit a Vancouver studio this summer. ”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.”

No word on whether the band is planning to continue or take a small break during Young’s hiatus.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.