AC/DC have posted an official statement regarding guitarist Malcolm Young's health and band status.
"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the website http://www.acdc.com/us/news/message-acdc post reads.
"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music," the message concludes.
In related news, singer Brian Johnson told Telegraph that the group is by no means disbanding and will hit the studio as planned. He also confirmed that one of the band members has a "debilitating illness."
"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he kicked off. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."
Focusing on the matter of future plans, the vocalist added, "I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."
Interestingly enough, Brian did touch on the retirement topic later on, saying that massive tour "would be a wonderful way to say bye bye." However, "it's all up in the air at the moment."
"AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal," Johnson concluded.