AC/DC Might Be Retiring — Or Aren’t They?

By Annie Reuter

Rumors are spreading like wild fire in the AC/DC world. Is the band breaking up? Are they working on new music? Depending on which music publication you read, there doesn’t seem to be any concrete answers and the band isn’t talking either. Here’s a breakdown of the reports.

The Australian rockers are back in Australia and in a radio interview, entertainment commentator Peter Ford reports that founding guitarist Malcolm Young has returned to Australia to live with his family and for “his own personal reasons he may not want to continue to perform with the band.” Speculation includes a terminal illness, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time.

The band members also allegedly have a pact that no one else will join the group if one decides to quit. So when somebody leaves, the group will end. None of the members have spoken out about a possible hiatus or breakup, though.

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When reached out to the band’s label via email, they replied with a quick “No statement coming at this time.”

Meanwhile, The Australian reports that AC/DC are booked in a recording studio in Vancouver for six weeks beginning on May 1. This follows an interview Brian Johnson had with another radio station in February, confirming that new music is on the way.

“Well, you’ll be the first one to know,” Johnson said. “Really, because we’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure… But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.”

The band’s latest lineup includes guitarists/brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, as well as long time members Cliff Williams (bass), Phil Rudd (drums) and Brian Johnson (vocals).

So should we be getting ready for new music from the band? Here’s hoping that new music and a tour are on the way. After all, they haven’t — yet — said otherwise.


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