AC/DC has issued a statement confirming widespread reports that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was stepping away from the band due to illness. The statement, however, refuted rumors that the group was breaking up as a result, saying that the legendary Australian act will “continue to make music.”
The full statement read: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
Rob Zombie not only has a live DVD, a book and a spring tour on the way, but he’s already begun work on the follow-up to last year’s album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Zombie and his band started putting together his sixth solo CD in January, and told us he plans to resume the project in May: “I don’t want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen. And you know, we’re really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you’re feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don’t feel inspired.”
The Golden Gods are headed to VH1 Classic. The network has announced plans to air this year’s edition of the hard rock and heavy metal awards shows on May 24th. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine from VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” will host the event, which is scheduled to tape next Wednesday, April 23rd, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Some of this year’s honorees include Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, who’s getting the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, and Joan Jett, the first female recipient of the Golden God Award. They’ll both be performing as well, with Zakk Wylde, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and many others also set to make an appearance.
In addition to next month’s edited broadcast, fans will also be able to watch the entire Golden Gods Awards show next week on VH1.com or the VH1 App. The event kicks off with the Black Carpet pre-show at 10:00 pm. Eastern.
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