AC/DC News: Rock Group is Not Retiring

By: Brian Powell - April 16, 2014

Yesterday, rumors abounded on the internet claiming that the famed rock group AC/DC was on the verge of retirement due to the failing health of one of its band members. Today, the band released a statement assuring fans that, while one of the band members is suffering from ill health, the band is not ready to retire quite yet.

The rumors were fueled when a person, codenamed “Thunderstruck”, emailed a radio station in Perth, Australia with “insider” news concerning the status of the band: “I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family… 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,” read the email.

In response to yesterday’s rumor mill, AC/DC took to Facebook to squash any more stirrings of the band’s demise:

AC/DC Announcement

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, AC/DC front-man Brian Johnson reassured fans that the band is still intent on remaining active, stating, “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.”

Earlier this year, AC/DC had announced intentions to put together a 40th anniversary tour which would include playing in 40 venues in 40 different days. While Malcolm Young’s ill health may postpone, or even cancel, that tour, the band is not commenting either way.

“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,” stated Johnson. However, the lead-singer would go on to add that, “I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future. 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 only thing that is certain is the fact that if AC/DC does record another album or goes on tour again, they will remain as successful as always. The band released its 15th studio album in 2008, entitled “Black Ice”, selling 5.3 million albums within one year and topping the charts in 29 different countries.

Images via Wikimedia Commons and Facebook

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Brian PowellBrian Powell is a contract writer for WebProNews. In his day job, he is a teacher and tutor for The Princeton Review. He also serves as an assistant coach to Transylvania University's Speech and Debate team.

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  • Dave

    Legends. Will be a sad day when they retire.

  • Guest

    Dude I’m 27, and plan on rocking till I drop, it’s engrained in my soul, I cant stop, nor would I want to. Put it this way Mr Les Paul rocked the guitar till the day he died in his 90’s, now that’s admirable!!! Guys Age is just a number it’s not an excuse to quit, go down swinging, or bow out like little girls your choice.

  • Guest

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  • Rick Weaver

    Make me attend the Diet of Worms for saying this, but AC/DC is the most obnoxious and overrated piece of tripe I’ve ever heard. I’ll never understand what anyone sees in them. And don’t ever expect me to.

    • Lurk101

      You are welcome to an opinion, I love these guys. It’s the power and attitude that makes me appreciate their “obnoxious” style.

    • frxere

      Don’t listen to them then! I’m sure they don’t really give a damn either!

    • Dr Drumm

      AC/DC is more of an attitude than a preference. Sure, Brian Johnson is nowhere near the vocal styling of Bon Scott, but when combined with the MUSIC and the ATTITUDE behind it, well… that’s AC/DC. “Back in Black” is the only album I ever bought from them (on cassette when I was 13 in 1980), but I will crank them up whenever they are on the radio because… it’s AC/DC. Hey–we didn’t understand Elvis or Richie Valens either; but we don’t have to. Our generation has Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Dio… and AC/DC!

    • thunder

      You are f***ed. You don’t know what good music is.

  • Eva Russell

    GREAT! That would suck if they were retiring. They are an awesome rock band!