In what is very sad news that has been speculated for some time, it now seems that it has been confirmed that AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young’s departure from the band is due to him suffering from dementia.
Malcolm Young’s family have given a short statement to People magazine’s website where they have stated “Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy”. It had already been confirmed by AC/DC that Malcolm was taking a break from the group due to unspecified health issues when news arose of a new album being recorded by the Australian rock superstars this past Spring.
AC/DC went on to record their forthcoming album, recently revealed to be called “Rock Or Bust” (read more details on our announcement here) in Vancouver, Canada with Angus and Malcolm Young’s nephew Stevie Young playing guitar in his Uncle’s place. It was only in this announcement of the new album that Malcolm’s departure from AC/DC was confirmed as a permanent rather than temporary situation. Stevie Young will also taken Malcolm’s place on AC/DC’s planned 2015 world tour, the details of which are still to be confirmed.
Rock Or Bust is released on the first of December and will be the first and only AC/DC album in the band’s four decade history not to feature Malcolm Young. If anyone reading this has family or friends affected by dementia or suspects anyone they know may be suffering from dementia and you are UK based please contact the Alzheimer’s Society. The following link has various relevant phone numbers and other contact details – https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/contactus. Any further update on Malcolm Young’s condition will be brought to our readers as and when there is news.