The founder member's departure from the band was announced this week
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is reportedly in full-time care in a nursing home facility specialising in dementia.
The founder member’s retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday (September 24), following reports earlier this year that he would not be joining them in the studio.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, a source connected to the Young family says the 61-year-old is receiving care in a residential home specialisng in the treatment of dementia, believed to be Lulworth House in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay.
AC/DC’s forthcoming studio album will be the first in the group’s 41-year history not to feature founder member Malcolm Young. Titled ‘Rock Or Bust’, the album is to be released on December 1 on Columbia Records. The 11-track LP is the group’s first new album in six years, following 2008’s ‘Black Ice’. It was recorded in Spring 2014 at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixed by Mike Fraser. Stevie Young – nephew of Angus and Malcolm Young – plays rhythm guitar on the album and will accompany the band on tour.
A preview of album track ‘Play Ball’ will be heard as part of Turner Sports’ Major League Baseball Postseason coverage from September 27.
Frontman Brian Johnson previously said he toyed with the idea of calling the album ‘Man Down’ in reference to Young’s absence, “But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”