It’s a day of mixed emotions for AC/DC fans today as the Australian rockers announce the release of a new album and that co-founder Malcolm Young is too ill to rejoin the band.
Young’s health has been questionable since at least April, when the band announced that he was taking a break for a while.
The new album, “Rock or Bust,” will be the first one in the group’s 41-year history made without him.
“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,” the band announced on its website Wednesday.
“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.”
UltimateClassicRock.com reports that the press release announcing the album makes it clear that Young’s separation from the band is permanent. “Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band,” the release states.
Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm Young, will play rhythm guitar on a world tour next year to support the new album.
The 11-track album will debut on Dec. 2. One of the tracks, “Play Ball,” will be featured during TBS’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs.