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Not So Fast: AC/DC Not Calling It Quits

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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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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