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Brian Johnson confirms that AC/DC ‘likely’ to tour this year

The group has been rumored to be taking a break due to Malcolm Young’s illness

Despite announcing that AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has a “debilitating illness” and that he would be taking a break from the band, frontman Brian Johnson has announced that the band is likely to tour by year’s end.

“We hope to bring you more shows in the near future,” he writes about his Cars That Rock TV series that airs on Quest TV in the UK, “but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC – and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music – and more Cars That Rock.”

While no other tour details have been revealed, the band has regrouped with Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, in Vancouver to being recording new music. Stevie Young has filled in for his uncle in the past and most recently on the group’s 2008 Black Ice Tour when Malcolm wasn’t well and during the 1988 Blow Up Your Video Tour when he was being treated for alcohol dependency.

AC/CD is working with producer Brendan O’Brien on the new album who also produced 2008’s Black Ice. No word on when the album will drop.

Rumors of the band’s breakup began to swirl in mid-April when an entertainment news reporter in Australia started the rumor.