Has AC/DC lost another veteran band member? That is the question many dedicated followers are asking upon the release of the rock group’s promotional photo for their upcoming studio album, ‘Rock or Bust.’ The image above is the first official photo to feature newly appointed rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, who has taken over the position which, until most recently, was maintained for more than four decades by his uncle Malcolm.
With less than two months separating hard rock fans from AC/DC’s anticipated follow-up to 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ we now have a better understanding of what the veteran rock band has in store. ‘Rock or Bust’ will be comprised of eleven new songs with such attention-grabbing titles as “Baptism by Fire” and “Emission Control,” while the album’s lead single “Play Ball” has been released in its entirety and issued to digital outlets in advance of the effort’s December 2 release date.
The family of founding AC/DC member and longtime rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has broken their silence regarding the previously unspecified illness which ultimately led to his permanent exiting from the lineup. It has been revealed that the guitarist has been suffering from dementia, a brain disorder which damages one’s ability to perform everyday tasks, let alone the role which Malcolm has played behind one of the most influential hard rock groups.
As we recently reported, Australian rockers AC/DC are currently preparing for the release of their fifteenth studio album ‘Rock or Bust,’ which is currently slated to arrive on December 2. In light of this announcement, a segment of the band’s new song “Play Ball” is currently featured in a newly aired commercial for Turner Sports’ Major League Baseball Postseason campaign, and considering the song title is a justifiable decision on behalf of the members of AC/DC.
An unusually melancholic attitude accompanies this type of news which should only be met with instant excitement for dedicated rock fans. AC/DC have announced that their new studio album, ‘Rock or Bust,’ will be released before the end of the year, however it also marks the first in the band’s 41 year history to not feature founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who as the result of an undisclosed illness will not be returning to the band.
It’s been six years since the release of their last full-length studio album, 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ however AC/DC have proven that while they aren’t ones to put out a new effort every couple of years, when the focus is placed towards crafting new material they’re some of the most efficient rock groups at doing so. According to drummer Phil Rudd, AC/DC completed work on their forthcoming effort in less than two weeks time.
It isn’t that often that a member of AC/DC can be found working outside of the band. The demanding schedule of recording new material, touring, and the hastily welcomed recuperating takes an apparent toll on the rock group’s roster, with only the occasional (and might we mention, brief) outside collaborations or guest appearances ever taking place.
AC/DC’s anticipated follow-up to 2008’s ‘Black Ice’ has been completed, following a series of recording sessions in Vancouver. Lead vocalist Brian Johnson recently told Classic Rock magazine that the absence of currently hospitalized rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young took an apparent toll on the member of AC/DC during those same sessions, however cites the addition of frequent contributor and nephew of the founding member, Stevie Young as a logical one.
Following the announcement that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was “ill” and “taking a break” from the band, it appears as though AC/DC are still pressing forward with preestablished plans to head on the road later in 2014. We previously revealed in April that the members of AC/DC had entered a Canadian recording studio and started work on new material, with Brendan O’Brian overseeing the effort as producer.
The one seemingly impossible notion which dedicated fans continue to cling onto is to have their favorite musicians deliver a monumental return-to-form worthy of their expansive legacy. The rock and metal community has had it’s fair share throughout the past decade, during which we have seen several heavyweight artists arise from the ashes and remind everyone of why they were important in the first place.