AC/DC R.I.P. (UPDATE: Brian Johnsons Dementi)

Es handelt sich hierbei noch um Gerüchte und die Band hat es noch nicht bestätigt, aber der Sohn von Malcolm Young hat laut Guardian bereits gesagt, „AC/DC may well be over“, das klingt alles sehr schlüssig und in Australien drehen wohl alle bereits komplett am Rad: Offensichtlich hatte Malcolm Young vor einigen Wochen einen Schlaganfall und da die Band (wohl nach dem Tode Bon Scotts im Jahr 1980) einen Pakt geschlossen hatte, laut dem niemals wieder ein Bandmitglied ersetzt werden solle, ist AC/DC damit wohl Geschichte. I said high, High voltage Rock’n’Roll.

AC/DC are ending their 41 year career on a terribly sad note. Plans were underway for a new studio album, their first since 2008′s monumental Black Ice, and a ’40th Anniversary’ world tour, 40 huge shows across the globe. 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. Nothing has been officially confirmed, as of this writing, but friends and family members have been discussing what happened to Malcolm for the past couple of weeks. The blood clot, resulting from the stroke, is believed to be why Malcolm couldn’t keep working.

Although friends have described Malcolm’s condition as serious, it doesn’t mean he won’t recover. People do get better after strokes, and people do recover lost skills. But friends and family of band members believe the decision was made last week to call it quits.

Media in Australia have gone ballistic today on rumours of The End Of AC/DC, and it appears the news got out ahead of a planned official announcement from the band and management.

Darryl Mason: RIP AC/DC: 1973 – 2014

Guardian: AC/DC retirement rumours surface in Australia

[update] Laut Metal Hammer bestätigt auch der Sohn von Dave Evans (dem ersten Sänger von AC/DC) die Gerüchte.

[update] Brian Johnson dementiert:

AC/DC have no plans to retire, according to singer Brian Johnson. In fact, he has told the Daily Telegraph, they will be assembling next month.

“We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” he said. “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.”

However, Johnson admitted “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.”

[update] Offizielles Statement von der AC/DC-Facebook-Seite:

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.