AC/DC’s Malcolm Young is said to be seriously ill and currently unable to perform but that does not mean the end of AC/DC.
Choirboys’ singer Mark Gable, who is close to the Young’s, said on ABC radio in Sydney this morning “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 added.
Gable also says that once on the last tour when Malcolm was ill Stevie Young, the son of Malcolm and Angus’ brother Alex Young, filled in and no-one noticed.
Reports of the demise of AC/DC started when an anonymous and unsubstantiated email was sent to a Perth radio station on Monday and then yesterday reported as fact by an entertainment gossip reporter. The unconfirmed story took on its own momentum to the point that AC/DC were about to announce their retirement as a band.
The members of AC/DC, their management or their record label have not made an official statement about the rumours nor should they. AC/DC are not politicians, they are not answerable to the media or the general public.
The Australian media disgraced itself yesterday with the unconfirmed reporting of a personal illness of a private citizen. It was blatant invasion of privacy and showed complete disrespect to the Young’s and the band.
Iain Shedden of The Australian was one of the few Australian reporters to research the story before publishing and reported that AC/DC have plans to start recording their next album in Vancouver in May.
Gary Graff of Billboard equally dug deeper into the story and reported that their is no truth in the Australian rumour that the band was finished.
At this stage, AC/DC are still together, about to record and are planning a tour to mark their 40th anniversary. If that changes, a statement will come from the band, not a gossip columnist.
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