The excitement that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust is finally coming out in December was tempered by the unfortunate news that founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young wouldn’t be on the album. Now, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the news is even worse. According to sources close to the Young family, the guitarist is suffering from dementia and has been moved to full time care in a nursing home. The source told them the following:
“If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn’t remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care.”
Rock or Bust will be the band’s first album without Young in the band’s 41-year history. There had been rumors that he’d suffered a stroke earlier this year that AC/DC semi-confirmed when announcing that the 61 year-old Young would be “taking a break” from the band. It still hasn’t been confirmed by the band or label that Young is suffering from dementia, but it meshes with the everything else so far. Angus and Malcolm Young’s cousin Stevie will be playing on Rock or Bust.