Angus Young has spoken out about his brother Malcolm Young’s battle with dementia during the rock band AC/Dc’s last tour revealing that some nights while performing Malcolm just did not know where he was according to Saturday, November 29 reports from MSN. In September bassist Malcolm Young stepped down from the group in order to begin receiving full-time care for his dementia. Malcolm has been replaced in the AC/DC band line up by his nephew, Stevie Young.
Angus Young has revealed that his brother first began to experience symptoms of dementia several years ago, but it started to become very worrisome during the AC?DC Black Ice World Tour that ran from 2008-2010. Angus claims that the tour became extremely hard work for Malcolm, who had to relearn a lot of songs that before he could have played backwards. He also reveals that Malcolm became very adamant and pushed himself to keep going through the tour.
As days bled into each other Malcolm began experiencing good days and bad, until it became clear that the bad days were sadly taking over. Lead singer Brian Johnson reveals that some nights Malcolm would go on stage and it was clear that he really did not have a clue as to where he was or what was really going on, but somehow he would push his way through the shows. The band had discussed how they had wanted to help Malcolm through this but did not really know how to g about it without insulting Malcolm’s pride, stating it was a “tough time for all.”
Finally things became so difficult for Malcolm and the band that Malcolm talked with the group telling them he was aware that something was wrong, he told is band of brothers that he wanted them to continue on, no sympathy. To abide by Malcolm’s wishes the band decided to bring in Stevie Young to fill in Malcolm’s vacant spot for the new album and upcoming tour.was aware of what was happening and told the band to go on.
“He said, keep making music. Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know? ? So we did, and it was great,” Johnson said. Malcolm Young now resides at a special care home in Sydney.
Malcolm Young’s sad health news is not the only obstacle that AC/DC has had to face his year, as previously reported by Examiner drummer Phil Rudd was charged after New Zealand police officers raided his home on the Tauranga waterfront at Matua early this morning. the legendary rock band drummer has also been charged on drug possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and threatening to kill.
Rudd has since been cleared of all charges related to his early November arrest.