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Published: 2014/04/16

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Will Take Hiatus from Band Due to "Ill Health"

AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the band due to ill health. Rumors swirled yesterday when an Australian news outlet reported the band was considering retirement. That wasn’t true, however Young will step aside while he recovers from an undisclosed illness.

Young, 61, formed the group in 1973 in Sydney, AUS with his brother Angus. AC/DC’s last record, 2008’s Black Ice, debuted at No. 1 in 29 countries, sold 6 million copies and even earned the band a Grammy for the track “War Machine.” Black Ice was also the second biggest-selling album of the year.

The band took to Facebook to explain the situation:

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.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

KingRhino April 16, 2014, 18:02:26

Unfortunately, Malcolm suffered a stroke and is still recovering And, oh yes …. AC/DC fucking RULES!

me April 16, 2014, 20:01:46

Wanna tell you a story… bout a woman I know… when it comes to lovin’... oh, she steals the show… ain’t exactly pretty… ain’t exactly small… 42, 39, 56… you could say she’s got it allllllllll… Get well soon Malcolm!!!!

dave the slave April 16, 2014, 20:32:28

It sucks that Malcolm is so sick and Trey doesn’t even have a cold. Get well soon!!!

drasticjasper April 16, 2014, 20:42:37

Do not wish evil on strangers dave lest it seek thee out itself…well wishes for Malcolm Young have nothing to do with Phish…just say Get Well Soon :) it’s free

Walthers April 17, 2014, 01:42:58

AC/DC is the real deal. Get well soon.

they are callin it quits i heard April 17, 2014, 13:17:17

If Malcolm doesn’t recover rumor is they are callin it quits. ! It’s too bad other bands don’t go out and enjoy retirement (rolling stones/who/robert plant) $$$$$$$$

joe April 17, 2014, 14:56:53

ACDC was/is one of the LOUDEST BEST rock bands out there.
Angus, is to the band what Ozzy is Sabbath.
that said, i would hate to see them perform with anyone else on guitar. just look at ANY concert footage, he able to rip it up on the guitar WHIle runninng and jumping off amps.

me April 17, 2014, 18:05:58

@joe… you do realize it’s Malcolm who is ill, not Angus, correct? While I’m not suggesting they replace Malcolm, the rhythm guitar would be much less noticeable of a replacement…

Paula July 22, 2015, 23:12:21

Well got to say you’re obviously not much of ac/dc fan if you think Malcolm not playing won’t be very noticed. He is the glue for the band. He leads they follow. Angus even says that. Rhythm may not be spot light but without Malcolm Young there would be no AC/DC today….He WILL be greatly missed by their true fans. Be well Malcolm we salute you!!!

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