AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young 'Very Sick,' Band Reportedly Calling It Quits

Brain clot reportedly caused Young to forget how to play guitar, band not continuing without him.

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Sad news have recently surfaced from the AC/DC camp, noting that guitarist Malcolm Young is very ill and that the band is left with no other choice but to call it quits.

Initially, a series of contradicting stories began to appear. The Australia dismissed the initial rumors, saying that a "music industry source" revealed that the band has booked studio time in Canada for six weeks starting May 1.

On the other hand, a 3AW article claimed that the band might announce retirement as early as tomorrow, with the radio host sharing grim doubts about how "we may not hear them perform or record ever again," also pointing at Malcolm as the reason behind the situation.

Unfortunately, more info regarding the possibility of split and Young's bad health surfaced. Mark Evans, the son of band's original singer Dave Evans, tweeted that "Malcolm Young is very sick... [Malcolm's son] Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out... But yes, the band will be finished... No new shows or music."

Evans further noted that Malcolm's condition had been going on for several months, also saying that the official statement will surface soon.

According to the Orstrahyun report by journalist Darryl Mason, "when AC/DC recently reunited in a rehearsal studio, Malcolm Young discovered he had forgotten how to play, due to a brain clot." 

"AC/DC won't continue playing and recording without Malcolm," the report reads. "It can't be done. AC/DC is his band, he started AC/DC, under the guidance of big brother George Young (producer, songwriter) and encouraged his younger brother Angus to join. Malcolm Young has been the quiet motivator and boss of the band for four decades, co-writing nearly all of AC/DC's classics.

"His passion for the band and its music, and integrity, were so intense, he used to have fistfights with his younger brother, Angus, in the studio, when disagreements about a sound or riff couldn't be resolved. Proper punch-ups, teeth were lost, blood was drawn," Mason concluded.

@BrodrickRomero Malcolm young is very sick....

- Mark evans (@Evanssyd) April 15, 2014

@BrodrickRomero we'll Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out.... But yes the band will be finished.

- Mark evans (@Evanssyd) April 15, 2014

*both previous tweets were deleted shortly after posting

@BrodrickRomero Malcolm's band he drove that music.... Without him it would be just another band.

— Mark evans (@Evanssyd) April 15, 2014

We'll keep you updated on the situation in hope that rumors aren't true. Unfortunately, some of the sources are pretty solid and strongly indicate that after 41 years of non-stop rocking, AC/DC are through. Stay tuned.

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    No matter how much this sucks, which is massively does, complete respect to AC/DC for not deciding to move on without a founding member, as many bands do.
    ...Bon Scott?
    Bon Scott is not a founding member.
    Also, not trying to belittle him or anything, but Bon Scott was only in the band for 6 years, and they were still building their legacy at that point, so it would have been dumb to stop because of that. Now their legacy is set, and it'd probably be weird having to replace somebody after 41 years.
    Also, Malcolm writes the majority of the songs, without Malcolm, you probably wouldn't have AC/DC to begin with. It makes sense to quit if he has health issues.
    What the other guys have said, also, it's a different situation. Back then, AC/DC were reaching the peak of their fame, Bon Scott's parents were even the ones who encouraged them to keep going onwards.
    "Mark Evans, the son of band's original singer Dave Evans"
    True, but I feel there's a difference in situations, from what I know the band didn't get along with Dave Evans. If what is being said about Malcolm is true, it's a bit different that changing out the band's frontman before they really became known.
    Are you f*cking serious? This is terrible! I'm lost for words, damn.. all I can say is I hope he recovers and gets himself back together. Up until now I always had the impression that AC/DC (with the exception of Bon Scott, R.I.P) were completely invincible and would truly go on forever.
    Completely agreed on all points. That said, I'm hoping that these are all just rumors....
    It's sad, but they got to play music for a living and made millions (maybe even billions) of people happy...I still remember the day I saw them in '78 at the Oakland Coliseum... Malcolm, I salute you!
    Malcolm is to ACDC just as James is to Metallica, or Dave to Megadeth, or Kurt to Nirvana. Some bands just can't and shouldn't go on without certain members. Sad, sad day.
    I feel the same way about Alice in Chains. Not that they aren't making good music today, Its just I think they should have changed the name, Its just not the same without Layne.
    To be honest, I'm gonna call BS on this until Malcolm comes out and says it himself. The only person who's breaking the news is a guy the band doesn't even talk to any more. Wouldn't it make more sense for band themselves to announce something this big? I dunno, I'm just having a hard time believing this.
    Pablo Mortis
    Be fair though - whenever Brian Johnson's said anything about a new record, he's always mentioned how it's been delayed this long because of health issues. I do see where you're coming from though, and I'll also be remaining firmly on the fence until something official comes out.
    Yeah, I'm not saying that it's not true, I don't know that it is or isn't, but I have my doubts. All I'm saying is it's weird that this random guy is announcing the end of one of the world's biggest rock bands and not the band themselves. I'm not real sure what the downvotes are for, I'm just stating my opinion. Until the official statement they mentioned comes out, if it does, I'm going to be sort of sceptical about this.
    They have made a lifetime full of awesome classic hard rock music. What a great band. Wish Malcolm all the best with his health.
    Wow, AC/DC are beyond rock and roll legends. I hope Malcolm recovers as much as possible.
    I never got to see them live and if this is true, it'll be one of my biggest regrets. But all I hope is for Malcolm to be ok.
    Let's wait for an official statement from the band. All that "we're done" can be bullshit.
    I was just listening to for those about to rock the other day and thinking the end of that song is freaking awesome. I remember when I seen them live a few years back and they played that song the canons at the end were super loud I was blown away lol What an awesome night one of the best concerts of my life! I hope he will be fine.
    Without Malcolm, there is no AC/DC. Without AC/DC, I wouldn't be the guitar player that I am today, the music fan that I am today, or wholly the person that I am today. I will always love AC/DC through to my core.
    Damn. As a young guitar player, learning ACDC riffs gave me such a feeling of accomplishment. I really hope this is not true. But didnt Ace frehley forget how to play after a car accident or something? and now hes playing and making songs.
    Indeed, Dave Mustaine also once had to re-train his left hand to play. If Malcolm Young makes a full recovery, we can still hope he'll pick it up again.
    Fuck i hope he pulls through! Here in Australia you can't go anywhere without seeing someone wear an AC/DC shirt! Very popular down here!
    I've seen this information on several sites, it may unfortunately be true . Also, I've heard that they have an agreement, that no member of the band will be replaced, so if Malcolm isn't able to perform anymore, they will quit.
    A very sad day if this is true... one of the greatest bands of all time gone. However, I have massive respect for them for hanging it up at the right time instead of trying to replace one of the Young brothers.
    I can't beleive 14 people have voted that they like the article, it's not like he's a Courtney, Ted or Dave.
    Truly horrible news. AC/DC was my first and second concert that I ever went to. The first song I learned was "Back In Black." To hear that one of the greatest rhythm guitarists ever has had this happen to him is absolutely devastating to me. I hope he'll be able to recover.
    Terrible news, I really feel for Malcolm...if I just one day forget how to play the guitar, something I've spent years of my life doing I would be absolutely shattered.
    I really find this hard to believe but totally believable at the same time. I'm sure he will come out of this and relearn guitar though!
    Bogus news. AC/DC was my inspiration for starting guitar. Although I don't really play any of their tunes anymore. Guess ill put my stuff on hiatus, and learn a few tunes.
    Very sad. His playing is always what made me listen to ACDC over and over. Angus' work was always the riffy, out in front playing, but it took many listens to really understand what Malcolm was doing. No one else ever sounded like him.
    I sincerely hope that Malcolm would be healthy enough that AC/DC could arrange a big farewell concert.
    Terrible news. The thing that makes an AC/DC song instantly unmistakeable is the tightness of Malcolm's rhythm playing. It's can't be copied, only strived for.
    If these reports are true, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the rest of the guys call time on the band. Malcolm even said himself that, "If it ever came to the day we thought we weren't cutting the mustard...we'd all want to stop." I hope Malcolm makes the best possible recovery. All good things, sadly, come to an end. Thanks for 41 years of the world's best rock music AC/DC.
    The band announced that Malcolm is not going to be playing for awhile, but the band will continue to make music.
    Can't believe he forgot how to play five chords. Downvote bombardment!
    Smiling Alien
    One power chord and three major chords. Even less than five Not to mention the fact that most of riffs and all solos were made by Angus.
    And yes, we should wait to see if an official statement surfaces first before believing this article. \m/
    Since when did anyone start believing anything written on the internet....
    Good. Maybe he'll finally make like a stick and **** off
    I think I speak for everyone when I say, f**k you.
    Are you about to cry on me? This band has been garbage
    Dude wtf... EVEN if you disliked the band, there's no honour in disrespecting an ill man.
    Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. The Lord says there is honor in disrespecting and slaying Luciferians such as Malcom Young.
    Nobody cares what a made up story has to say. I know you wouldn't be acting like such a prick if it was somebody you know. Now make like a tree and f**k off
    I'm not a big fan of Ac/Dc, but Fuck you dude! show some respect! I sure hope Malcolm is alright! He's one underrated guitar player that's for sure!