'AC/DC To Retire' Rumours As Guitarist Falls Ill
Rock band AC/DC are rumoured to be on the brink of retirement, with guitarist Malcolm Young said to be too ill to play live.
According to one of his friends, the 61-year-old is unlikely to record any new material.
Mark Gable, the frontman of fellow Australian band Choirboys, said in an interview with ABC Radio: "Malcolm is sick. From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross, it would appear Malcolm is unable to perform any more.
"It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it's quite serious.
"He definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record."
Speculation about Young's health has led to suggestions the band could be about to call it a day.
However, US music publication Billboard reported there is "no truth to the rumour".
The Australian newspaper also claimed the band are booked into a recording studio in Vancouver for six weeks from May 1, citing a music industry source.
AC/DC was formed by brothers Angus Young, now 59, and his brother Malcolm in 1973.
They moved from Scotland to Sydney, Australia, as children with their family.
The band has been a huge draw on the rock circuit for decades, creating anthems such as Highway To Hell and Back In Black, and have performed at sell-out concerts across the globe.
Their most recent release, 2008 chart-topper Black Ice, was only their third album since 1990.
Their songs were used as the soundtrack for the movie Iron Man 2.
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