Tuesday, rumors swirled that AC/DC would announce its retirement.

That has yet to happen.  But, the story apparently revolves around the health of the band' co-founder, co-songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

A friend of Young's, Choirboys front-man Mark Gable, told Australia's ABC Radio (quote via NME) that Malcolm Young is unable to perform anymore.  Gable says he is getting his information from Malcolm's son, Ross.  Gable explains, "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."

There is apparently an agreement among the members of AC/DC that nobody in the band can be replaced.  However, Gable speculates that Young's nephew, Stevie, would possibly be up for it.  Gable says, "Stevie replaced Malcolm Young a few years back for a tour, and nobody knew the difference."

Rumors claimed that AC/DC was done.  However, insiders refuted that claim on Tuesday.  Singer Brian Johnson has publicly acknowledged that one of the band members has been ill.  But, nobody has gone public with specific information on the story.

Founding members of AC/DC, brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.

Photo via CCM+E Archive


Singer Brian Johnson denied the retirement rumors.  Speaking to The Telegraph the singer said that the band still planned on a previously scheduled recording session in May.  But, he did say that the illness is an issue:

"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."