With AC/DC announcing they are going ahead with making music, despite Malcolm Young taking leave from the band due to illness, the question on everyone’s lips is, “Who’s going to be taking his place?”
Speculation is now rife that Malcolm’s nephew Stevie Young will be picking up his uncle’s Gretsch and joining the AC/DC lineup after he was spotted with the band by fans in Vancouver, where AC/DC are working on their next studio album.
As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, a picture was posted to Twitter by a fan that apparently showed Stevie with the band. The image has now been removed. Band members are currently in Vancouver preparing to record their 16th studio album with producer Brendan O’Brien.
While there has been no official word from the band as to who — if anybody — will be holding Malcolm’s place in his absence, fans are pointing to a similar situation in 1988 when Stevie Young filled in on guitar during the Blow Up Your Video tour while Malcolm Young left to deal with his alcohol dependency.
Last month, the band confirmed rumours that Malcolm Young is suffering from ill-health and will take a break from AC/DC. The band thanked their “diehard legions of fans worldwide” and were adamant they “will continue to make music.”
Meanwhile, during the sixth instalment of Revolver Mag‘s Golden Gods awards, Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! took to the “black carpet” to ask various metal and hard rock musicians for their opinions on whether AC/DC should continue without Malcolm Young.
Hard rock heavyweights, including Five Finger Death Punch‘s Jason Hook, Ronnie James Dio‘s wife/manager Wendy Dio and ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown all weighed in with their thoughts about the future of the legendary band.
“I think everyone has their own retirement profile,” offers Jason Hook. “I think the music ends up being more important to people than who is playing the second guitar…Look at KISS,” he aded. “They’ve got all kinds of revolving musicians.”
“I love KISS by the way, no disrespect. But the truth is, people want to come and sing and dance,” he continues. “It’s about feeling good. And just because one guy says ‘I’m done’ That’s ok, but it doesn’t mean it should be over.”
Watch: Stevie Young with AC/DC in 1988
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