AC/DC's Brian Johnson has provided a health update on guitarist Malcolm Young. As has been widely reported, the band announced in April that Young would step down from the band due to ill health. On April 16, the band posted a report that Young will take a break from the group.
AC/DC have completed work on their new studio album, which is expected to be released later in the year. Talking to TeamRock Radio, lead singer Brian Johnson said he and the band have considered calling the album Man Down in reference to guitarist Malcolm Young's health problems — problems that have forced him to take a break from AC/DC.
According to AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, AC/DC are "very likely" to tour before the end of the year. Johnson posted the news on his auto-racing website. While thanking fans for their support for his U.K. TV series, Cars That Rock, he added: "[This] was my first ever go at presenting a TV series — and even though it may not show, I was real nervous. So am very relieved that you all seem to be enjoying it.
Before AC/DC's Malcolm and Angus Young took us down the Highway to Hell, they joined their brother, George Young, and guitarist Harry Vanda to form the Marcus Hook Roll Band, a band that never left the studio.
AC/DC are more than just a great rock band, they're an institution. Trends may come and go, but their unique brand of rhythm 'n bruise has proven to be timeless. Angus Young, the band 's lead playing livewire, has also deservedly attained a legendary standing in the business. In fact, one of modern rock's leading lights, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, recently refered to him as "the absolute god of blues-rock guitar."
Malcolm's really underrated. He makes the band sound so full, and I couldn't ask for a better rhythm player. Sometimes I look at Malcolm while he's playing, and I'm completely awestruck by the sheer power of it. He's doing something much more unique than what I do-with that raw, natural sound of his. People like Malcolm, Steve Cropper, Chuck Berry and Keith Richards-they're all doing something better than the rest of us.
The Badpiper, aka "the world's only flame-throwing, leather clad, heavily tattooed punk rock warrior," recently performed AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on the streets of Fremantle, Australia. And lucky you — you get to see it below.