UPDATE: Brian Johnson says rumors about breakup, Malcolm Young taking a break
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has shot down recent rumors about the band breaking up — as well as rumors about guitarist Malcolm Young’s health being the culprit.
In an interview with the Telegraph, he says the band is “definitely” getting together next month in Vancouver, B.C. to “pick up guitars” and see if anyone has any song ideas. Johnson added that if “anything happens,” the band would “record it.”
Johnson did confirm that Malcolm, the older brother of lead guitarist Angus Young, has been having health issues, but denied that any of the problems would scrap any touring plans the band may have down the road.
“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” Johnson told the Telegraph. “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.”
Subsequently, AC/DC’s Facebook page announced Wednesday that Malcolm would be taking a break from the band until his health improves.
The band has previously survived the death of its singer when Scottish-born frontman Bon Scott died in 1980 after a night of heavy drinking in London, to be replaced by Johnson, who has remained as vocalist ever since.
-Chris Coyle, KZOK