AC/DC frontman offers health status update on Malcolm Young

"He's in hospital but he's a fighter," says bandmate

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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has offered a health update on founder member Malcolm Young.

It was reported in April that founder member Malcolm Young would step down from the rock group due to ill health. Rumours had circulated that the band might be forced to call it quits, but a statement published on AC/DC's Facebook page on April 16 said instead that Young will take a break from the group after four decades as a member.

Speaking to TeamRock Radio, Johnson revealed the news that Young is currently in hospital but that he is confident the guitarist will return to the band. "We miss Malcolm, obviously. He's a fighter. He's in hospital but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again."

He added: "Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us.

"He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed, he'll be back."

Johnson previously confirmed that the Australian band have completed work on their new album. He said that the band have finished work on the LP, which they have been working on in Vancouver. It is likely to be released later this year or early next year.

Last month, Johnson said that the band were prepping a world tour for later this year.

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