AC/DC’s rhythm guitarist and one of the bands founding members, Malcolm Young has decided to leave the band and retire. To find out why, read on.
For four decades, Malcolm Young has rocked out as the rhythmic guitarist of the legendary rock band AC/DC. But after his temporary leave last April, the musician has decided to retire as his band announced last Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band” said the band’s label. Malcolm left AC/DC temporarily in April to receive treatment for an unspecified medical condition.
“It’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious, He definitely won’t be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record” said Mark Gable, a friend of Malcolm’s.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Malcolm is a founding member of the band and brother to its lead guitarist Angus Young. He has remained with the band since its inception in 1973. Young, as rhythm guitarist was responsible for the broad sweep of the band’s sound as well as developing many of the band’s guitar riffs and co-writing the band’s material with Angus. It was reported that he “was known for his use of medium size amplifiers, setting them to moderate volumes which contradict conventional rock wisdom where rhythm guitarist turn up to 11.
According to Yahoo, the Sydney Morning herald shared the current status of Young who now suffers from dementia. He is now being taking cared at an exclusive Sydney care home. “He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife Linda has put him in full-time care”, a source close to the patient quoted.
With Malcolm’s retirement, his brother Angus is now the only remaining member of the group’s original line up, Bon Scott, Angus and Malcolm’s 57 year old nephew has replaced front man Stevie Young since his passing accompanied by drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams.
AC/DC will still release its sixteenth studio album, “Rock or Bust” in December and will be undertaking a world tour in support of the new album. Stevie Young, Angus and Malcolm’s nephew will play rhythm guitar.
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