BRIAN JOHNSON: “AC/DC is Not Retiring Yet”


AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has shot down mounting speculation that the band will be splitting up although he does confirm that one of the members has a “debilitating illness,” amid speculation that guitarist Malcolm Young will never be able to perform again.

Fans of the Australian rockers have been concerned over the future of the band since rumours mounted this week that they would be retiring due to Young’s unspecified illness, while a close friend of the band, Mark Gable, appeared to confirm the speculation.

Finally responding to the speculation in an interview with The Telegraph, Johnson said: “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,” he added.

Johnson also touched on the reports of a member suffering from an illness but refused to identify Young, 61.

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,” he revealed.

Johnson also hinted at reports that AC/DC will be marking their 40th anniversary with a string of 40 shows at 40 different venues, adding: “That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye. We would love to do it. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.

AC/DC is such a tight family. We’ve stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn’t and people got it that we are the real deal.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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