For the last few days speculation and rumours have been running rife about the future of Australian hard rock pioneers AC/DC. One of the biggest selling acts in music’s history, it has been widely speculated that the band were going to announce their retirement due to the ill health of founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young. Yesterday AC/DC released the following statement via their official website www.acdc.com:
“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.”
A couple of months ago (as reported here on Rock Sins – read the original post here) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson announced the band were looking to hit the studio in Canada in May, and were also exploring the possibilities of a 40th anniversary tour. Whilst the band’s statement indicates their time in the studio may continue as planned, any touring plans would seem to be on hold, at least for the immediate future. Any further updates on the future of AC/DC will be reported here when anything more is known.
Rock Sins would like to join the rock and metal community in wishing Malcolm every luck and success in his battle with his health issues and we all hope he can make as full a recovery as possible.