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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young hospitalized

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young hospitalized

MALCOLM YOUNG:AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. Photo: Associated Press

Brian Johnson has sent his best wishes to his AC/DC bandmate Malcolm Young as he battles ill health in the hospital.

The band was rumored to be on the verge of a split earlier this year due to Young’s health troubles, but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.

Johnson has now revealed his friend is in the hospital, but he remains hopeful of a recovery.

“We miss Malcolm, obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again,” Johnson said.

“Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording (a new album) with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy, but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private, so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed, he’ll be back.”

No further details about Young’s health battle have been given.

Johnson goes on to reveal work on the band’s new album has been completed after a number of studio sessions in Canada.

He adds, “We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs. I wanted to call the album ‘Man Down’. But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”

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