For the past 48 hours or so, the rumor mill (i.e., the Internet) has been churning with speculation that Aussie hard rock act AC/DC were on the verge of retirement due to a “serious illness” of one of the bandmates. However, in a recent conversation with The Telegraph, frontman Brian Johnson refuted those rumors, stating that the band were still planning to get together to record new material.
“We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” said Johnson. “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.”
Speculation about the band’s imminent demise arose understandably around reports that guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering from a debilitating illness that would likely prevent him from playing and recording. The rumors began spreading over comments from Australian news anchor Peter Ford that the band had committed not to replace any of its members.
“The boys have a pact that they will not get anyone else in the group,” said Ford, “Nobody will be replaced and when somebody leaves, the group ends.”
Johnson did confirm to The Telegraph that one of the bandmates (presumably Young) was seriously ill, but denied that it necessarily means the end of AC/DC. “I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future. I’m not ruling anything out.”
Earlier this year, the AC/DC had confirmed plans to record material for a new album, followed by a tour, all in honor of the band’s upcoming 40th anniversary. Rumors that the band might be splitting up had cast doubt on those plans, but Johnson’s remarks suggest that both the recording and the tour are still on the table at the moment.
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