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16th April 2014


Yet again MetalTalk, the UK's Premier rock and Metal site, has called it dead right.

Rumours that legendary Aussie rockers AC/DC were set to announce their retirement were in mass circulation yesterday but we exclusively told you here that these stories were untrue.

And within the last hour, Brian Johnson has confirmed that we got it absolutely right and that AC/DC are carrying on, despite guitarist Malcolm Young's illness.

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3AW reporter Peter Ford told 2Day FM breakfast hosts Sophie Monk, Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Mel B late on Monday that: "We may never hear them perform or record again".

Mr Ford built up the hype on Twitter on Monday night, promising his 7,000 followers he had a "world exclusive" that was the "end of an amazing era".

"Working on major exclusive story for tomorrow that will rock the local, and world, music scene," he tweeted, before breaking the 'news'.

Mr Ford broke his 'story' on the strength of an anonymous email sent to his station by a poster called 'Thunderstruck' and we called him out on it as our sources informed us that the likelihood was that the band would continue with their plans to record and tour again.

Johnno has now confirmed this, saying: "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

But sadly, Johnno confirmed that one member of the band (rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young) has been suffering from ill health, but denied that this meant the end of the road for the AC/DC.

"I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future," Johnno said. "I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

AC/DC are planning a tour to mark their 40th anniversary, which would involve 40 concerts in 40 different venues. "That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye," said Johnson. "We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment.

"AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the 80s and 90s when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."

Just like the online magazine you are currently reading...

And we're sending massive positive vibes and true rockin' wishes to Malcolm. We're supporting you all the way brother!!



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