One of the greatest rock bands of all time may be no more. There are rumors stirring that AC/DC is about to announce their retirement as an active band.
How could this be? It was only a few weeks ago where the band was suggesting a 40th anniversary tour and new album. The plan changed when three weeks ago, founding guitarist Malcolm Young suffered a stroke. According to Australian journalist Darryl Mason, via The Orstrahyun:
About 3 weeks ago, founding member, rhythm guitarist, co-producer and co-songwriter Malcolm Young had a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain.
When AC/DC reunited at the start of April to begin a month of rehearsals, in the lead-up to new album recording sessions, Malcolm discovered he couldn't play. At least, he couldn't play like he used to play.
Nothing has been officially confirmed, as of this writing, but friends and family members have been discussing what happened to Malcolm for the past couple of weeks. The blood clot, resulting from the stroke, is believed to be why Malcolm couldn't keep working.
Although friends have described Malcolm's condition as serious, it doesn't mean he won't recover. People do get better after strokes, and people do recover lost skills.
But friends and family of band members believe the decision was made last week to call it quits.
If that's what forces the band to retire, it will truly be a sad end to a prolific career. AC/DC's Back In Black has sold 22 million copies in the US alone. Their spirit and their power live will never be matched. While Angus Young is the more famous Young brother, the band was started by Malcom and he is credited as the main songwriter. There are rumors that the band will be making an official announcement in the next few days.