AC/DC frontman-in-exile Brian Johnson has surfaced with an online message for the band's fans in Sweden.
A group of Swedish devotees is hosting Acdcmachine Gathering 2017, an event taking place February 20 which will raise funds for Alzheimer's disease research and prevention, some of which will go to AC/DC founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who was forced to retired in 2014 after being diagnosed with dementia. The fan group is also raising money via Kickstarter.
In his audio statement, Johnson says that, "I'm so proud of what you're doing for the Alzheimer dementia research. As you know we have a wounded soldier, Malcolm, and I think that you're doing to raise the awareness of everyone about this dreadful disease is absolutely fabulous. I know Malcolm would be so proud of you. I am and I want to thank you for doing this. We've tried to tell people about this awful disease, tried to get a cure for it. You guys are helping, and I'm so proud of you."
Johnson did not at all address AC/DC's future; He was replaced by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose last March for U.S. and European dates after being ordered off the road by doctors due to hearing issues but has since been working with hearing device specialists on a possible solution.
Meanwhile, bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the end of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust World Tour last fall, and guitarist Angus Young has not made any statements about what he plans to do next. A photo book from the tour by Ralph Larmann is expected to be released this year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.