AC/DC’s Malcolm Young taking break from band due to ill health

AC/DC rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is to take a break from AC/DC due to health concerns.

AC/DC rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is to take a break from AC/DC due to health concerns.

In a message to the band”s almost 30 million Facebook fans, AC/DC”s official Facebook page has posted:

“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.

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 official announcement comes hot on the heels of earlier reports of AC/DC”s lead singer Brian Johnson putting premature band retirement rumours to bed. In an interview with the UK”s Telegraph newspaper Johnson has reportedly confirmed that the band are “definitely getting together in May in Vancouver”.

“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,” Johnson said.

Ill health has plagued Young (61) for many years, delaying earlier plans to record new AC/DC material. It is unclear at this stage whether the guitarist”s break from the band will put recording and touring plans on hold – or whether the band plans to record and tour with a replacement guitarist.

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