AC/DC set to announce retirement?

Rumours are circulating that AC/DC may be announcing their retirement today.

The band had been expected to announce a 40th anniversary tour but entertainment commentator Peter Ford told radio station 3AW this morning that “we may never hear them perform or record ever again”. Ford later tweeted “there was some sad detail” behind the rumoured decision but wouldn’t elaborate further, saying “the band/management may choose to reveal this”.

Cherry Bar owner James Young, reports on Facebook that he had heard whispers about the announcement in recent weeks. “The band got together for 40th anniversary show rehearsals and Malcolm had forgotten how to play guitar due to a clot on the brain caused by smoking,” Young claims. “I hope and pray this isn’t true and that Malcolm Young will be OK because Malcolm Young is the engine room of the greatest tough rock n roll band the world has ever known.”

In February AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson revealed that the band planed to commemorate their 40th anniversary with a new recording and 40-date tour. “I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs to thank the fans for their undying loyalty,” Johnson told radio station 98.7 The Gater. Johnson also revealed that the band planned to “go into the studio in May in Vancouver”.

AC/DC’s last record was 2008’s Black Ice, which was followed by a two-year 168-date world tour which visited Australia in early 2010. Roughly 4.9 million people attended the tour, which grossed $441.6 million making it the one of the highest grossing concert tours in history behind The Rolling Stones’ 147 date A Bigger Bang Tour ($558.3 million) and U2’s 110 date 360° Tour ($736.1 million).