The band has confirmed the illness, but says it will continue in Malcolm Young's absence. Click here to read AC/DC's statement.
A friend of Malcolm Young said in an interview that Young will not be able to perform with the band again due to an serious illness.
"That is true, Malcolm is sick," Choirboys singer Mark Gable said. "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross. ... It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It's not just that he is unwell; it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record."
Gable also speculated that Young's absence may not stop AC/DC from following through on its plans for a 40th-anniversary world tour.
"There was speculation that they had this even tacit agreement that if no member currently was able to perform, AC/DC would cease," Gable said. "However, Alex Young's son Stevie replaced Malcolm Young a few years back for a tour, and nobody knew the difference."
According to the Age, a source close to the Young family said that Malcolm's condition has deteriorated so much that his wife and family are investigating full-time care for the guitarist.
Billboard references band "insiders" that said there is no truth to the rumor of AC/DC's demise, although the band's management and record label are keeping quiet on the matter.
Australian journalist Darryl Mason writes on the Orstrahyun: "About 3 weeks ago, founding member, rhythm guitarist, co-producer and co-songwriter Malcolm Young had a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain. When AC/DC reunited at the start of April to begin a month of rehearsals, in the lead-up to new album recording sessions, Malcolm discovered he couldn't play. At least, he couldn't play like he used to play."
If reports are to be believed, this could be the end of AC/DC.
Despite initial reports that the band had booked studio time in Vancouver, Canada to record a new album, it seems as though guitarist Malcolm Young is too ill to continue recording or touring, and so the group will disband.
Mark Evans, who claims to be the son of original AC/DC singer Dave Evans, tweeted that "Malcolm Young is very sick.... [ Malcolm's son] Ross Young spoke to my father this morning because the cat got out.... But yes, the band will be finished.... No new shows or music."
Additionally, Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that "when AC/DC recently reunited in a rehearsal studio, Malcolm Young discovered he had forgotten how to play, due to a brain clot on his brain. ... AC/DC won't continue playing and recording without Malcolm. It can't be done."
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