AC/DC not retiring, but bandmate has a ‘debilitating illness’

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has confirmed that the band is not retiring despite a member, thought to be rhythm guitarist and co-founding member Malcom Young, having a “debilitating illness.”

“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” Johnson tells the UK’s Telegraph. “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.”

Instead, Johnson states 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.”

“One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don’t want to say too much about it.”

The rumors started circulating about the fate of the band on Tuesday when an Australian radio station received an email stating that Young was unable to continue playing and had returned home to Australia to be with his family.

It has been widely known that the band has refused to give up during tragedy. Original singer, Scottish-born Bon Scott, died in 1980 after a heavy night of drinking in London. Johnson was appointed singer where he has remained ever since.

“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.”

It has been rumored that AC/DC would celebrate its 40th anniversary with a 40 date tour in 40 different cities. “That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye,” said Johnson. “We would love to do it. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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