ACDC‘s Biographer Jesse Fink, has said that the bands main guitarist Malcolm Young will NOT be returning to the band due to long-term illness, however his nephew Stevie Young will be expected to take his place.
The Aussie giants have remained tight-lipped about Young’s condition in order to protect his privacy and the only official statement that has been announced, stated that Young would be “taking a break” while his colleagues worked on the follow-up to 2008’s Black Ice. No one has commented on any speculation that Malcolm has had a stroke, is suffering cancer or battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
Fink has refused to discuss any specifics but he tells WZLX in an exclusive interview : “I’m not expecting to see Malcolm return. The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now.”
He also adds that he’s received positive reports about the album, which we are happy to announce was completed last month.
“I’m hearing on very reliable authority it’s up there with Black Ice, or even better,” the author says. “So Stevie must be a good replacement for Mal.”
Frontman Brian Johnson said in June that AC/DC were aiming to be back on the road before the end of the year and Fink’s book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is published in the UK in October.