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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.