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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Denies Breakup Reports, Confirms Band Member Illness

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Over the past few days, conflicting reports have been popping up about the future of AC/DC. Potential health issues with guitarist Malcolm Young were rumored to signal the end of the legendary Australian band, but according to vocalist Brian Johnson, AC/DC will soon get together to jam on some potential ideas.

Yesterday (April 15), it was reported that Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke. It has been known for a while that one AC/DC member has been dealing with serious illness, but the band has been quiet regarding the details. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that a source close to the Young family claims Malcolm Young’s condition has deteriorated such that his wife Linda and family were looking into full-time respite care for the guitarist.

“His memory loss is so bad it is consistent with Alzheimer’s or dementia although we do not know that is what it is,” says the anonymous source. “There has been talk about cancer, too.” Furthermore, Young is reportedly having difficulty communicating and remembering “familiar faces.”

That said, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has denied the rumors of AC/DC breaking up in a new interview with the Telegraph. “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” Johnson says. “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.”

Despite the band’s apparent plans to move forward, Johnson is not taking any health issues lightly. “I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” he says. “I’m not ruling anything out. 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.”

The singer goes on to suggest that if AC/DC do tour again, it will likely be their last trek. When asked about the possibility of playing 40 shows to mark their 40th anniversary, Johnson responded, “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.”

Stay tuned to Loudwire for more updates on AC/DC as news breaks.

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