Malcolm Young Taking Break From AC/DC Due to Bad Health, Official Release Confirms

Band not retiring, entering studio soon, singer Brian Johnson adds.

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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 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.

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    I wonder if they're going to get a temporary backup? I guess they're not touring for the time being, so no big deal. Hope he gets better quickly!
    i love how UG post an article about malcolm young of AC/DC they post a photo of AC/DC WITHOUT MALCOLM YOUNG IN THE PICTURE why don't you just post a doge picture or something? it's about as relevant if you're going to have a malcolm young article without a picture of malcolm young
    This sucks. Hope he can get well. Forget ever playing guitar again, I just hope he can recover. As far as AC/DC goes they've got nothing left to prove to anyone, especially in Malcolm's case. He's the heart and soul of one of the greatest rock bands this world has ever seen. On a side note, when I played baseball as a kid, AC/DC was always blasting through my speakers before my games. For Those About To Rock in particular. Godspeed Mr. Malcolm Young!
    Its cool that their going back in the studio, and I hope that Malcolm gets better soon. I thought they had broken up, so i'm glad to be getting some good news.
    If Malcolm can't tour, they should still do the tour and dedicate it to Malcolm. I think Malcolm would still want them to do the tour.
    I predict a final album and a final tour at best, unfortunately without the older Young brother. Malcolm's arms are probably partly snarled up due to the stroke, so it'll be very hard to get back to full efficiency. Let's just pray for him to recover.