News from AC/DC – Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member, will not return to the group. It was stated that due to the nature of his illness, he will never be able to rejoin the band. Suffering from dementia and its debilitating progression, is far too much to manage and from here on he'll be cared for by loving family. As sad as this news is, let's wish him a happy retirement. He's sure to get many tributes and well wishes from the many millions of fans after 40 years of entertaining us.
Fans should not worry, drummer Phil Rudd had this to say... "Angus Young will never retire. We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won't fucking retire either." ...and also adding that "everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."
In Malcolm's place will be his nephew Stevie Young who had played in place for him previously back in 1988 when the band toured the US. Stevie Young is more than capable and the family connection will add to the band's chemistry.
The fans first real introduction is forthcoming as Stevie recorded with the band on the new album and his band-mates all think the world of him. Stevie was magnificent, says Brian Johnson.
This will be the first AC/DC album in the 40 year history of the band that Malcolm does not appear on.
The new album was recorded this past spring at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada, with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser. This will be the bands 15th studio album and it is the band's shortest album to date, with a running time that is just under 35 minutes.
The band has also revealed the track list, and 3D cover art for their new album Rock or Bust - The cover shows the band's logo exploding when moved in different directions. A gif of the cover is here>
AC/DC will release its new album "Rock Or Bust", December 2nd . The new album is the highly anticipated follow-up to the band's 2008's "Black Ice" and it includes 11 new songs. The first single just released is Play Ball, check it out here>
2."Play Ball" - 2:47
3."Rock the Blues Away" - 3:24
4."Miss Adventure" - 2:57
5."Dogs of War" - 3:35
6."Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder" - 3:22
7."Hard Times" - 2:44
8."Baptism by Fire" - 3:30
9."Rock the House" - 2:42
10."Sweet Candy" - 3:09
11."Emission Control" – 3:41
Later, in 2015, the band will hit the road and embark on a world tour to promote Rock or Bust celebrating with fans worldwide the band's 40th anniversary.