Brian Johnson Says AC/DC Is Not Retiring – Confirms Malcolm Young is Sick
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.16.2014
Brian Johnson explains in a new interview…
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Brian Johnson denied rumors that AC/DC are set to split up after Malcolm Young became ill. The band is actually planning to get together to write songs for a new album. He confirmed that Young (rhythm guitarist and older brother of lead guitarist Angus Young) has been dealing with an illness but this didn't mean that the band is splitting up.
He said: "We 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. I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out. 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."
It is also rumored that the band will tour for their 40th anniversary, which includes 40 concerts in 40 different venues.
He added: "That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye. We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment. AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."
Young's illness were revealed by his friend Mark Gable, the singer of Australian band Choirboys, who said it looked like Young "is unable to perform any more". There were rumors that Young suffered a stroke but this has not been confirmed.
The band has released a statement that Young is taking time off "due to ill health".
They said: "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."