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Hawk Rock News – 4/16/14

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A musician who says he has been friends with AC/DC for “years” has corroborated reports that guitarist Malcolm Young is no longer able to perform with the band due to illness. Mark Gable, lead singer with the Choirboys, told ABC Radio Australia, “From what I understand, and it’s even been confirmed in part by his son Ross . . . It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won’t be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record.”

Despite reports that Malcolm’s illness will lead the band to retire now, Gable said that it’s possible they could still go out on one more tour to mark their 40th anniversary. He noted that Malcolm and Angus Young‘s nephew Stevie replaced Malcolm on a tour a few years back.

Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that Malcolm suffered a stroke last month. According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has said that Malcolm’s condition has deteriorated so badly that his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time care for the guitarist. It is believed that Malcolm is currently having in-home care at his home in the Sydney area. He is said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating.

  • Meanwhile, a report posted at Billboard.com on Tuesday (April 15th) quoted anonymous “insiders” as saying that there are no truth to the band retirement rumors. But stories have continued to appear in the Australian press that an announcement is imminent, while the band’s record label and management have yet to issue any comment on the matter.
  • While the members of AC/DC are notoriously private, lead singer Brian Johnson did reveal in a 2012 interview and in a February 2014 one that an unnamed member of the group had been ill — but whether that was Malcolm remains unclear.
  • Johnson said in the same interview in February that the band had booked studio time this May in Vancouver — which has been corroborated by other reports — and planned a new album and tour to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
  • Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson told us that he would know when the time had come: “You know, retirement is like anything. A good football or a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits. I don’t want to do it, and if we can get out another album and do another little short tour or something, and have a bit of fun, well. I’m your man. I’ll be right there.”
  • AC/DC’s last album was 2008’s Black Ice, one of the group’s most successful later albums, which was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.


Slash told a Cincinnati radio station in a new interview that he wasn’t a fan at first of “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the Guns N’ Roses track from Appetite For Destruction that became the band’s biggest hit single. Slash explained, “I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t fond of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’ And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is. The actual riff itself I love, but the song itself . . . ”
Slash told us a while back why he thought Appetite became such a monster success: “We were the only band that was doing what it was that we were doing, with the attitude that we had. People were starved for it, because, I mean, other than us, there was Simple Minds and Motley Crue. I mean, you know, (chuckles) Cyndi Lauper, you know? I mean, that’s what was going on then. So people were dying for, like, a real, blood-sweat-and-tears rock-and-roll band.”



Van Halen singer David Lee Roth has said in the latest installment of his web series, The Roth Show, that the band is working on some kind of “secret’ project. Roth said on the show, “Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling. (I’ve been) working on a great Van Halen project — can’t announce anything or I’d have to come find you and swear you to secrecy.”

  • Van Halen has been mostly silent since coming off the road in summer 2012 and canceling a large portion of its touring plans behind that year’s album, A Different Kind Of Truth.
  • The band — which reunited with Roth in 2007 after 23 years apart — has reportedly been working on its 13th studio album.
  • Roth said in an interview late last year that Van Halen had started work on a new record, revealing, “I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed (Van Halen)’s place.”

This article was written by canyonadmin