AC/DC officially announced today what the music world suspected for months, that co-founder guitarist and co-songwriter Malcolm Young has left the band for good after 41 years.
Back in April the 61-year old Young was “taking a break” due to an unspecified illness as AC/DC produced their new album in Vancouver. Young’s nephew Stevie Young filled in during the sessions and now will replace him in the band.
AC/DC announced on their website today, “Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition, he will not be returning to the band.” He is said to be so ill he is in care in Sydney.
Malcolm Young formed the band in November 1973 with younger brother Angus. While the spotlight focused on Angus and its two singers, the late Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, Young kept a low profile rarely giving interviews. But his rhythm chords, delivered with simplicity and discipline, were an essential part of the AC/DC sound which sold 200 million albums.