AC/DC to rock on without Young

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 24 September 2014 | 20.01

Rock juggernaut AC/DC are set to release their first live album in 20 years.

Rock on ... Malcolm Young (right) is calling it day — his nephew Steve Young will replace him. Picture: Chris Jackson/WireImage for Columbia Source: Supplied

LEGENDARY Australian rockers AC/DC have confirmed Malcolm Young has officially retired from the band as they reveal their new record Rock Or Bust will be released on November 28.

The 15th studio record from the enduring band will be their first without Malcolm in their 40-year career.

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AC/DC announced earlier this year that the founding rhythm guitarist was "taking a break from the band due to ill health."

While frontman Brian Johnston later revealed Malcolm had been hospitalised, the nature of his illness has remained undisclosed and the band have made a pact not to discuss it.

End of era ... Malcolm Young (third from left) with his AC/DC bandmates. Picture: Chris Jackson Source: Supplied

As AC/DC gear up to unleash their first new tunes in six years, they stated Malcolm would not be touring or recording with them in the future.

"Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm's illness, he will not be rejoining the band," they said in a statement issued by their label Alberts and Sony Music Australia.

Stepping down ... legendary Scottish-born guitarist Malcolm Young will no longer be touring or recording with AC/DC. Source: Supplied

The band confirmed they will embark on a world tour in honour of Rock Or Bust and their 40th anniversary, with Angus and Malcolm Young's nephew Steve joining as guitarist.

He also played on the 11 tracks recorded in 10 days at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

Swan song ... Malcolm Young (in background) performed his final shows with his guitarist brother Angus on the Black Ice tour in 2010. Picture: Adam Ward Source: News Limited

Rock Or Bust is the follow-up to their hugely successful 2008 album Black Ice, which sold eight million copies worldwide and debuted at No. 1 in 31 countries.

When launching his debut solo album last month, drummer Phil Rudd dismissed rumours that AC/DC had considered calling it a day in the wake of Malcolm's ill health.

The originator ... Malcolm Young formed AC/DC with his brother Angus in late 1973. Picture: Supplied. Source: News Limited

"Angus Young will never retire," Rudd said.

"We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires I won't f---ing retire either."

Rudd said Angus took on the songwriting duties solo in his brother's absence and next year's tour details were yet to be finalised.

"I'll get a call a month before they need me. We've done some long, hard tours. It's not easy," Rudd said.

"You do it for 18 months, you're the walking dead when you finish, especially as you get older. But everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."

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