Former AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is reportedly suffering from dementia and being cared for in a Sydney nursing home. The Australian rock giant’s retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, and attributed to an undisclosed illness.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “sources connected to the Young family” claim that Malcolm, 61, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney’s eastern suburbs which specialises in dementia.
“If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out then came back in one minute later he wouldn’t remember who you are,” said the unnamed source. “He has a complete loss of short term memory. His wife Linda has put him in full-time care.”
AC/DC announced earlier this year that their founding guitarist was taking a break from the band due to ill health and on Wednesday this week, the band confirmed that Young will not be returning. The news comes as the rockers announced the arrival of their new record Rock Or Bust, due to be released on Friday, 28th November, and an impending world tour in 2015.
In July, frontman Brian Johnson confirmed rumours that Young had been hospitalised but did not disclose the nature of his illness. Neither AC/DC, their record company, Sony, or their label and publisher Albert Music, have commented on the dementia reports.
Rock or Bust will be the first AC/DC album in history without founding member Malcolm Young on the recordings. Steve Young, nephew of Malcolm and his brother Angus Young, plays guitar in Malcolm’s place on Rock or Bust and will accompany the band on tour.
Rock Or Bust is the band’s follow-up to their successful 2008 album Black Ice. According to the band, it features 11 new tracks, one of which, Play Ball, was previewed on US television as a part of an ad for the Major League Baseball postseason coverage.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane, which will be marked by the re-installation of the iconic stolen lightning bolt street sign that was illegally mounted to the lane-way wall back in 2004, as a light-hearted response to government officials who omitted the trademark stroke separating AC and DC.
The bolt was celebrated by fans worldwide and now to mark the lane-way’s tenth birthday both new official street signage and twin lightning bolts will be installed in the lane-way and will be unveiled on Wednesday October 1st, 2014. Melbourne venue, Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane, will be holding a dual “Agent of Change/10th Anniversary Lane-way party” with free entry and kegs from 6pm on the first of October, until 3am.
Watch: MLB Postseason on TBS – AC/DC Play Ball