Reports: AC/DC to call it quits after Malcolm Young suffers stroke
Could it be quitting time for hall of fame rockters AC/DC? Various reports have it that guitarist-songwriter Malcolm Young has returned to Australia to be with his family and is unable to continue performing.
Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford tweeted to fans: "This is a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report ... boys played together privately a few weeks back."
Young is 61. It's rumored the breakup, if true, is because of a severe - possibly terminal - illness. [UPDATE: One report says Malcolm had a stroke, which left a blood clot in his brain.]
The UK's Guardian reports that the band's retirement rumors got started by an email sent to a Perth, Australia, radio station from an anonymous source, reading: "I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family. AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC's son has stated that AC/DC may well be over."
Brian Johnson, the band's singer (and a Florida resident), told a Florida station back in February that a bandmember was indeed sick, but that they planned to be back in the recording studio in May.