In recent days rumours about the future of legendary hard rock band AC/DC have been racing about the internet. All the buzz was about them retiring and giving up on making new music and no more tours. The basis of this was that founding member Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar) is suffering a serious illness and the band would not go on without him.
The latter is partially true and for the first time in over 40 years Malcolm will be taking a break from AC/DC, the band he formed with his younger brother and lead guitarist Angus Young in Sydney, Australia way back in 1973. They are the last of the original band members.
To address all the rumours the band released the following statement on April 16th, 2014:
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.
That last part of the message is very important for fans too. I have heard they have booked studio time to record a new album to follow-up the highly successful Black Ice album (2008) that lead to a tour running from 2008 to 2010 performing 168 shows! A track from the album, War Machine even won them a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2010.
From all Acca Dacca fans we wish Malcolm a fast recovery from what ever illness he is suffering so he can take his rightful place with the boys once again (Angus, Brian, Phil and Cliff would agree) to play some high voltage rock and roll! I have been lucky to see them 4 times in Australia and the USA over the past 20 years and one thing I can tell you is there is nothing much better than seeing AC/DC play live!.
Now lets take a trip down memory lane, or in this case AC/DC Lane in my old hometown of Melbourne, Australia:
While we are at it, lets also take a look at AC/DC’s Family Jewels. This was an exhibit that has travelled the world – I saw it in Melbourne in 2010 and then an expanded version of the exhibition in Seattle, Washington in 2012:
For this about to rock, we salute you. \m/