But Malcolm Young is taking a break...

It's been a stressful week for fans of AC/DC.

The hard rock icons had intimated that work had begun on their new album, the follow up to 2008's return-to-their-roots set 'Black Ice'.

However speculation mounted that AC/DC were instead going to retire, with rumours settling on the health of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

In a short statement on their Facebook page, AC/DC confirmed their intentions to continue - but sadly without Malcolm Young.

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.

Sad times. A founding member of the band, Malcolm Young's snappy rhythm guitar underpins every single one of the group's classic tracks.

Here's 'Back In Black'.

Related: Classic Albums: AC/DC - Back In Black
Related: 10 Things You Never Knew About AC/DC

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