Rock band AC/DC had to make an announcement that they were not breaking up or quitting live touring. Rumors started to spread that the band was retiring after reports that founder/guitarist, Malcom Young was going to take time off due to "ill health."
The band released this statement:
"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 Malcom and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
The band formed in 1973 after Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young moved with their family from Scotland to Australia. They put together one of the most successful metal bands in the world. They are one of the highest-grossing rock acts of all time, having sold over 200 million albums.
Singer, Brian Johnson, spoke about AC/DC's future plans.
"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."
When asked about Malcom's ability to play, much less tour, Johnson said, "I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out."
Neither Young, nor the band has said what affliction has gotten a hold of Malcolm and put him in such dire straights. One thing that is clear is that Young and his family have moved back to Australia for treatment.
A close friend of Young's, Choirboys frontman, Mark Gable, told Australia's ABC Radio that Young's condition is very serious.
"That is true, Malcolm is sick," said Gable. "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son, Ross, that it would appear Malcolm is unable to perform, anymore.
"It's not just that he is unwell. It's that it is quite serious. He definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record," Gable added.
Rumors about the band retiring started, in part, due to a pact that the band made that they would not replace any of the members should one of them leave.
Malcolm Young, now 61, has been a constant on both recordings and tours except for the band's 1988, "Blow Up Your Video" tour, when he was recovering from alcoholism.