Malcolm Young's Return to AC/DC Is Unlikely, Band Biographer Says

"Fans seem to think his illness is just going to quickly go away," says Jesse Fink.

Malcolm Young's Return to AC/DC Is Unlikely, Band Biographer Says
0
AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink shared somewhat of a pessimistic update regarding guitarist Malcolm Young and his chances of returning to the band's fold.

Chatting with WZLX, the biographer noted that Malcolm's current health will likely prevent him from performing for good.

"I'm not expecting to see Malcolm return," he said. "I think the important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. But I think we should all expect that [Malcolm's nephew] Stevie Young is in the band now."

Additionally, Fink told Ultimate Classic Rock, "As far as I'm concerned, his illness is a private matter. However, fans seem to think his illness is just going to quickly go away and he's going to be there on stage when they announce their tour. If what I have heard from numerous sources is true, then I expect Stevie Young will be touring with the band and not Malcolm. That's not a seditious viewpoint. It's realistic."

Apart from a grim health update, Jesse also briefly touched on the matter of the band's new record, saying, "I'm hearing on very reliable authority the new album is up there with 'Black Ice' or even better. So Stevie must be a good replacement for Mal."

Malcolm's health struggles were mostly kept private thus far, although circulating rumors indicate that he could be facing Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or possibly cancer.

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    dorpzot
    This is really sad news, he's one of the tightest rhythm guitar players in the world..the guy's a legend!
    SGofawesome
    Coming from a longtime AC/DC fan, this is possibly one of the most depressing pieces of information I could receive. Malcolm is such an inspiration to my guitar playing - I've always been in such awe on how tight his playing was and how hard he hit the strings. Phenomenal guitar player. Really hope things go up for him.
    Jehannum
    For those of us who consider ourselves rhythm guitarists, Malcolm is a true inspiration. Instantly identifiable from the first chord. This is tragic news. I can only hope the rumours are wrong somehow.
    RnFnR95
    you dont have to be a rhythm guitarist yourself to appreciate Malcolms sheer talent in that domain and find inspiration in his playing. the guys a master at what he does
    dorpzot
    This is really sad news, he's one of the tightest rhythm guitar players in the world..the guy's a legend!
    AcdcTXfan
    I wasn't ever expecting Malcolm back. They said he had a stroke and doesn't even remember how to play the guitar now. Sadly that's not something you heal from. My thoughts and prayers are with the Young family.
    Eissari
    In end of the day who gives a shit if he can't play in band as long he is alright with his family.
    bigdavy_p
    At this point the band is not the most important part. Thoughts and prayers to the Mal and the Young family.
    vikkyvik
    As far as I'm concerned, his illness is a private matter. Good, then let's continue to leave it as a private matter.
    Shredder666
    It's tragic, and Malcolm Young was a part of one of the most identifiable sounds in rock music. That being said, his playing was nothing special. Be realistic and listen to how he plays. It's not technically difficult and the style is rather consistent. The positive thing about that is that his nephew will have no problem taking his place.
    Eissari
    I have to comment about his playing. Nothing special? Ive always felt like his playing is super tight. Simple but very tight and perfect rhytm. Like Johnny Ramone.
    Jehannum
    I agree. That tightness is what I'm aspiring to as a rhythm guitarist even though it's a totally different genre. I don't know many guitarists who have that perfect rhythm.
    Shredder666
    It's tragic, and Malcolm Young was a part of one of the most identifiable sounds in rock music. That being said, his playing was nothing special. Be realistic and listen to how he plays. It's not technically difficult and the style is rather consistent. The positive thing about that is that his nephew will have no problem taking his place.
    haifisch234
    Malcolm is (was?) the mastermind in AC/DC. The riffs, the sound etc. Just because Angus is the soloist and showman in the band doesn't mean Malcolm is worse.
    Jehannum
    You have no idea how wrong you are, Shredder666 (if ever a username gave clues, this is it).
    tburick
    If you are going to replace Malcolm (which breaks my heart because he is a phenomenal guitarist, but why not solve the real problem and replace Brian Johnson? AND YES, I know he is a great guy.. But he has no real vocal ability, the only thing worthy he ever did was his work on "Back in Black"... Sorry, not trying to be insensitive... The only albums I own are Bon Scott era.. (Back in Black being the only exception)