drummer Phil Rudd
has refuted rumors that the band will cease touring, saying that "we will probably all have to be dead before it stops,
" reports Blabbermouth
AC/DC were at one point expected to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world, which have not yet been announced. But then in April, the band confirmed
widespread reports that guitarist Malcolm Young
was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke.
The legendary Australian act stated that it will "continue to make music
," and began recording sessions with producer Brendan O'Brien
in May in Vancouver.
The group has enlisted Stevie Young
, the nephew of guitarists Angus
and Malcolm Young, to take Malcolm's place in the band for the recording sessions for their 16th studio album. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
Speaking to the Nine Network in a prerecorded interview, aired on Friday (August 22), Rudd said: "There will be another tour and I will be on that
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson
in June said
that the band is "very likely
" to tour before the end of the year. Johnson made his comments in a brief message at his web site, in which he thanked fans for their support of his U.K. television series "Cars That Rock
Rudd will release a solo album, "Head Job
", on August 29 via Universal Music Australia.