After reports surfaced yesterday that AC/DC may be retiring due to the ill health of guitarist Malcolm Young, the band has set the record straight. AC/DC confirmed that the 61-year-old Young is, in fact, suffering from illness, but the band says in a statement on its website that they "will continue to make music."
"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," reads the statement on www.acdc.com. "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."
Frontman Brian Johnson also spoke to The Telegraph in the U.K. and confirmed that the veteran rockers will hit the studio next month. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," Johnson told the Telegraph. "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."
It also has been reported that AC/DC is planning a 40th anniversary tour, which would involve 40 concerts in 40 different venues. However, Johnson stopped short of confirming the road trip. "That would be a wonderful way to say bye-bye. We would love to do it," he said. "But it's all up in the air at the moment."