AC/DC have revealed details of a new studio album – the first in the group’s 41-year history not to feature founder member Malcolm Young – and confirmed that Young will not be returning to the band.
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 itself might be forced to call it quits, but a statement published on AC/DC’s Facebook page on April 16 said instead that Young would take a break from the group after four decades as a member. A new statement now confirms that the guitarist will not be returning to the band.
A press release issued by the band’s label states:
“Earlier this year AC/DC released a statement explaining that due to illness, Malcolm would be taking a break from the band. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band.”
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.”