Angus Young has opened up about his brother’s dementia. He is a Scottish-born Australian guitarist best known as a Co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC and he admits that too him it’s kind of strange to witness his older brother and fellow band member Malcolm’s mental deterioration, battling dementia.
“Malcolm was always very organised,” Angus, 59, says during an interview with Australian channel ABC, which airs on Monday December 1. “And it was kind of strange for the first time to see him disorganised, being confused about a lot of things.
“That’s when it kind of hit me – there’s something not right with him.”
The Australian heavy metal band, formed in 1973 gave an announcement in April that he would be unable to continue his playing wit the band for now.
AC/DC released the following statement:
“After 40 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.”
It was back in October that it had been confirmed that the sixty one year old was suffering form this.
AC/DC will still release their 16th studio album, called Rock or Bust, on December 1, 2101. In the interview with ABC, frontman Brian Johnson says:
“He [Malcolm Young] said, ‘keep making music. Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know?’ So we did, and it was great.”
Malcolm and Angus Young nephew, Stevie Young, will take the place of Malcolm on the upcoming worldwide tour.