Following initial comments by frontman Brian Johnson to The Telegraph, Australian hard rock group AC/DC have released their first official statement regarding the state of guitarist Malcolm Young. According to the dispatch, Young is suffering from ill-health and will take a break from AC/DC.
“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 Facebook-issued statement begins. “Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.”
The missive comes at the end of 48 hours of speculation regarding the guitarist’s health and the future of the band. Johnson was the first to comment on the rumours, telling The Telegraph that the band will not split, and confirming that one member of the group is suffering from ill-health.
While Johnson remained tight-lipped about which member of the legendary group was sick, multiple anonymous sources indicated that it was Young, with Choirboys frontman Mark Gable, a personal friend of Young’s, telling ABC Radio that the guitarist is unwell and unable to record or tour.
Despite Young’s illness, Johnson was adamant that the band would proceed with planned recording sessions in Vancouver this May, saying, “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.”