April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Source : metalhammer.co.uk
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has stated the band are not retiring yet – and they’re planning to go ahead with studio sessions in May.
But his comments suggest there’s at least a hint of doubt about the Aussie giants’ future, and no guarantee that their planned 40th anniversary tour will go ahead.
There’s been a flurry of speculation in recent days after it was rumoured that mainman Malcolm Young was too ill to continue, and that a long-standing agreement amongst the quintet meant that if one of them left the entire band would fold.
Johnson tells the Telegraph: “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We’re going to pick up guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens we’ll record it.”
He’d previously confirmed that one of the band, believed to be Malcolm, was suffering from ill health – but he refuses to add more details.
“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future,” says Johnson. “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’s very proud and private. A wonderful chap. We’ve been pals for 25 years and I look up to him very much.”
He’d also said there were plans for AC/DC to play 40 shows to mark their 40th anniversary – their first show was on New Year’s Eve 1973.
Now he reports: “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.”
April 15, 2014 § 3 Comments
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that AC/DC may be announcing their retirement as soon as today (April 15th). The famous rock band, which formed in 1973, is one of the most popular and highest-grossing bands of all time.
Entertainment commentator Peter Ford told radio station 3AW that after last year’s talk of a tour, nothing has been announced since. “The suggestion is being put to me that tour will never happen and we will never see AC/DC perform again or record again,” he said.
”My information is that (rhythm guitarist) Malcolm Young has moved himself and his family back to Australia, he’s very very ill and that AC/DC may well be history.”
‘‘AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC’s son has stated that AC/DC may well be over.”
Reports that the band has a booking at a Vancouver studio for May 1st both contradict and yet leave open the possible truth of the rumours. The booking may suggest a new album is on the cards but it’s also possible that circumstances have changed since the studio booking.
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