Malcolm Young's family confirm AC/DC guitarist has retired from band due to dementia
The family of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed that the guitarist has retired from the group as he is suffering from dementia.
Young, who is 61 years old, was a founding member of the group, but played no part in the recording of their new album Rock Or Bust. During the recording process, the band simply said that the guitarist was ill, but his family have now confirmed he is suffering from dementia.
Speaking in a statement, Young's family simply said: "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."
Young's role in AC/DC has been filled by his nephew Stevie, who played rhythm guitar on the band's new album Rock Or Bust and will play with the band on their upcoming world tour.
Rock Or Bust is the follow-up to 2008's Black Ice and will be released on December 1st this year in the UK and December 2nd in the US and Canada, it is the 15th album of the band's career.
The album is set to feature 11 tracks, with 'Play Ball' to precede as the first single, you can preview that track below. It has been produced by Brendan O'Brien, best known for his work with Rage Against The Machine and Pearl Jam.