AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has given fans an update on the condition of bandmate Malcolm Young, confirming that the ailing guitarist is currently in hospital. Johnson addressed Young’s much-publicised health battles during a recent interview about the hard rock icons’ upcoming new album.
The frontman confirmed in the interview with Classic Rock magazine that the band’s 15th studio album has been completed and that Young’s presence in the studio had been missed. “We miss Malcolm obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again,” Johnson, the first band member to confirm Young’s illness, explained.
During the same interview with the Telegraph in which Johnson confirmed that Young had fallen ill and would be taking a break from his role in the legendary hard rock group, Johnson rubbished rumours that the band was on the verge of splitting and confirmed a new album was forthcoming.
The band regrouped in Vancouver, Canada in May to record the album, with Stevie Young filling in for his ailing uncle. “Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent. But when you’re recording [a new album] with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult,” Johnson said.
“But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private, so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back,” the frontman added, echoing the similar sentiments that he expressed to the Telegraph back in April.
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