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AC/DC will ‘rock on;’ Young has ‘debilitating illness’

AC/DC will ‘rock on;’ Young has ‘debilitating illness’

'BACK IN BLACK:' Brian Johnson says AC/DC plans to keep on rocking. Photo: Associated Press

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has silenced rumors of an impending split by insisting the band still plans to hit the studio in May to record new material.

The “Back In Black” hitmakers were thrust into the spotlight this week when reports emerged suggesting they were planning to announce their retirement due to the failing health of one of the bandmembers.

Johnson has now spoken out to assure fans the group still plans to honor a commitment to begin recording sessions in Canada in May, however, he does concede that one of the musicians is suffering from a “debilitating illness.”

He tells Telegraph, “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.”

He adds of the future of the band, “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.”

Johnson has previously insisted the group planned an ambitious tour to mark their 40th anniversary in the music industry, but he admits he has no idea whether it will still go ahead: “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.”

MALCOLM YOUNG TO TAKE A BREAK FROM AC/DC
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has ended days of speculation by confirming he is taking a break from the band due to ill health.

The group has confirmed Young will stand down to focus on his health battle.

A statement from AC/DC reads, “After 40 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.”

No details about Young’s illness have been confirmed.

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