AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young has 'debilitating illness' but band will still make music
AC/DC finally today confirmed that guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young is ill and that the band will take a break. They made the announcement via Facebook:
"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."
Singer Brian Johnson also today told the U.K.'s Telegraph: "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."
But Brian said the band definitely isn't breaking up.
"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the paper. "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."
Reports earlier this week said Young had suffered a stroke that resulted in a blood clot in his brain.