Another series of somewhat contradicting info regarding the current state of AC/DC has surfaced, noting on one hand that the band is not retiring, but confirming that guitarist Malcolm Young is definitely in bad health shape.
As reported, stories about the band possibly calling it quits have recently appeared, citing Malcolm's bad health as the main reason. As one of the sources noted, Young has reportedly forgotten how to play guitar due to a brain clot, leaving AC/DC with no other option but to call it quits.
Now the fresh info - first, a Billboard music insider stressed that stories regarding the group's retirement are "exaggerated." Furthermore, Noise11 points out that the initial rumor was sent to 6PR radio station by an anonymous tipper using the Thunderstruck alias.
But on the other hand, Malcolm's longtime friend told ABC Radio (via Blabbermouth) that the guitarist won't be able to perform again due to a serious illness. "That is true, Malcolm is sick," Choirboys singer Mark Gable said. "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross [Young].
"It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore," he added. "It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record."
However, Gable also noted that Malcolm's illness might not prevent the band from continuing. "There was speculation that they had this even tacit agreement that if no member currently was able to perform, AC/DC would cease," he said. "However Alex Young's son Stevie replaced Malcolm Young a few years back for a tour, and nobody knew the difference."
According to the Age, a source close to the Young family stated that the guitarist's condition has deteriorated to a point where his wife Linda and the rest of the family started to search for full-time respite care for Malcolm. The guitarist is reportedly having difficulty to remember familiar faces and even communicate.
"His memory loss is so bad it is consistent with Alzheimer's or dementia although we do not know that is what it is," the source noted. "There has been talk about cancer too."
The band is yet to release an official statement regarding the matter. Stay tuned.