Sad news for AC/DC fans as Malcolm Young’s family reports to People that he is currently suffering from dementia and will not be returning to the band.
AC/DC announced that Young would be taking a break from the band in April due to medical issues. The band’s management recently revealed that the break was to receive medical treatment specifically for dementia and the ailment has forced Young to quit the band permanently. While dementia isn’t a specific disease, according to mayoclinic.org, dementia is a series of symptoms that affect thinking and social abilities that can severely interfere with daily life including: memory loss, difficulty communicating, difficulty planning and organizing, difficulty with complex tasks, personality changes, inability to reason, paranoia, agitation, and problems with getting easily disoriented or lost.
The band is scheduled to release their 17th studio album, Rock or Bust, and it will be the first album the band has released without Young. Taking his place on the album and their upcoming world tour in 2015 will be Young’s nephew, Stevie Young. The album is set to be released December 2nd and will feature 11 new AC/DC songs, including “Play Ball” which has been featured in ads for Major League Baseball’s postseason coverage on TBS.
Young was one of two founding members left in the band before his departure, the other being his younger brother Angus who still remains in the rock and roll group. Malcolm was a backup vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and writer for the Australian band and aside from a short absence in 1988, he was with the band since its inception in November of 1973. The band and its members were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.