AC/DC fans got a bit of a shock recently when swirling rumors suggested the rockers intended to retire because of rumored health issues that are affecting founding guitarist Malcolm Young.
According to the New York Daily News, speculation began in the group's native Australia after entertainment commentator Peter Ford on radio station 3AW said live on the air, "We may not hear them perform or record ever again."
This comment sent the rumor mills turning, and reports followed that suggested Young was too ill to continue in the band and had returned home to his family.
"He is believed to be unable to continue playing, although there has not been any explanation why," the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The newspaper also suggested there would be a press conference to announce the band's retirement, which was expected to take place on Tuesday in Australia — it didn't!
According to various reports, it is believed the band's members have a pact that if one member retires, then they all do. However, it appears the rumors that the rockers would be ending their 40-year run have actually been exaggerated.
And according to Billboard, sources have confirmed to them that there is no truth to the rumors. In fact, the news did seem slightly strange because according to Billboard, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson had previously told Florida radio station 98.7 the Gater that the band was, in fact, heading back to the recording studio in May to record their new album.
However, the "Thunderstruck" hit makers' management and Columbia Records, their current label, have yet to comment on the retirement rumors. Even if all signs point to the rumors not being true, we certainly hope that is the case.
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