After the swirl of rumors surrounding guitarist Malcolm Young’s apparent illness and the possibility that AC/DC would no longer continue as a recording or touring entity, the band released this statement on their Facebook page this morning:

“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.”

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson told the UK’s Telegraph today:

“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.”

“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.”

“AC/DC is such a tight family. We’ve stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn’t and people got it that we are the real deal.”

We know now that the ailing member is rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who’s health issues were first reported by friend Mark Gable, who said the 61-year-old is “unable to perform anymore,” most likely because of a stroke. AC/DC was planning a huge 40th anniversary tour, playing 40 concerts in 40 different venues. “That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye,” Johnson added. “We would love to do it. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.”

Time will is AC/DC to record new music or tour again at this point, but most importantly is the health of the great Malcolm Young. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.

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