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.
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.”
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