(Via AC/DC Facebook page)
As the founders of hard-rock group AC/DC approach 40-year mark together as a band, a decision by them to call it quits sounds more reasonable than ever. Even so, frontman Brian Johnson has denied rumors that dominated headlines in earlier in the week that the Australian group plans to disband this year because of the poor health of Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist and an original member of AC/DC.
Johnson revealed that the band may record a new album, but a post from the band’s Facebook page stated that Young would be taking time away due to illness.
“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” Johnson said in an interview with the Daily 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.”
Speculation about the band’s breakup began Monday night when a post and tweet by Australian radio station 6PR reported an inevitable split because of Young’s health issues. Rumors were further spread by Australian news personalities, like anchor Peter Ford and music journalist Darryl Mason, who reported that Young had a stroke earlier in the year.
This isn’t the first time Johnson has had to deflect retirement rumors, having had spoken to the Daily Telegraph about similar speculation back in 2010. “I’ll go on as long as I can,” Johnson said. “Thankfully the old tubes have held up. They’ve got a little bluesier, that just happens with life. I’m 62 now and I know it. And I’ve got another birthday coming, which is a bit of a bugger but what better way to get old?”
If AC/DC comes out with a new album it will be their first in six years. Last February, Johnson announced that the band had plans to record a new album to coincide with a 40-year anniversary tour; it’s debut album, High Voltage, was released in Australia on February 17, 2015. AC/DC’s last album, Black Ice, was released in 2008 and was accompanied by a world tour from 2008-2010.
Below is a music video of the band performing “Black Ice” while on their last tour: