AC/DC will release their 17th album and their first without guitarist Malcolm Young, Rock or Bust on December 2nd. Young’s nephew Stevie Young will play rhythm guitar on the new album and he will tour in his place in 2015.
Back in April 2014, the band had announced Malcolm wouldn’t be a part of the new album, “due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition.” Although the band didn’t go into the specifics of his illness, Malcolm’s family has now made a statement according to People Magazine, confirming that he is, “suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy.”
Frontman Brian Johnson spoke to Classic Rock Magazine in July, saying:
“We miss Malcolm, obviously…He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again…. Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.”
Rock or Bust was recording at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio, featuring 11 new AC/DC songs including Let’s Play Ball, which made it’s debut in Turner Sports MLB Post-Season ads. Have your first listen below: