Lot’s of confusion and conflicting information out there regarding AC/DC the last few days. In this world of social media when anyone with a Facebook or website can say something, then have others pick it up and re-post, it is harder than ever to determine what is real news and what is not. As a rule I wait to hear something from the bands official sources before commenting and that has just happened with the announcement via the AC/DC Facebook that it is indeed Malcolm that is ill. I first heard of someone in the band being sick when Brian Johnson was on TMS with us a few years ago. Brian would not elaborate who or what, just that “one of the lads is sick”. It had been rumored to be Malcolm but never confirmed until now. What exactly is wrong with him has not been disclosed. Have heard everything from cancer to a form of dementia. Whatever it is it is clearly serious and has been going on for a while now. What we can take from AC/DC’s statement is that the band will likely continue with a fill in replacement for him. Their statement says the band will continue “to make music”. That doesn’t promise a tour, but likely at least an album which Malcolm may still be able to contribute to as a writer and maybe even in the studio depending on his health at that time. AC/DC can and has played live in the past without Malcolm. The truth is that even though he is a major part of the band, they are still a stadium act live without him. So it would seem the band does plan to continue in some form without him at least as of now. Possibly an album, possibly live shows, maybe both. I have had the honor of interviewing AC/DC a few times in my career and they are truly great humble people. Most importantly lets hope for a recovery for Malcolm from whatever he is battling. It sucks that the icons of our genre are getting older and showing the cracks that come with that. AC/DC are one of the all time Gods and maybe as big now as they have ever been in their career. Get well Mal! No doubt every rock music fan around the globe is pulling for him.

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  1. Malcolm is the secret weapon of AC/DC. His mega-riffage is the foundation of their music. I hope he can recover from whatever he is battling. I agree, Ed, the truth is, none of us are getting any younger, and especially our heroes. Lemmy is another example. Fortunately, he has bounced back, and I will be seeing him this Friday in San Francisco. I will be treasuring my time with him, because he may not be able to do another run, bless his heart.

  2. A lot of those guys of that era lived hard and the latter years will be difficult. Hope he can recover music is most likely not his main concern right now.

  3. Amazing reading comments from other sites, like Blabbermouth for one, that AC/DC should not continue on without Malcom. Imagine if the internet existed back in the early ’80s when Bon Scott died.

    1. Same might apply as it did back then… Malcolm and Angus both said that Bom would have wanted the band to continue despite his death. I think Malcolm may be of the same mind. That the band should continue if they want and it has his blessing.

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