AC/DC will release Rock or Bust, their first album in six years and first ever without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, later this fall. It will feature 11 new songs, one of which – “Play Ball” – will be previewed on Turner Sports as part of the network’s Major League Baseball Postseason campaign on September 27th. The album will come out on December 2nd.
In addition to confirming the release of the record, the band also announced Young’s permanent departure from the group. Earlier this year, the group said that an illness had forced the guitarist to take a break from the band. Now he will not be returning at all, “due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition,” according to a press release that did not go into specifics.
The band recorded Rock or Bust this past spring at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser, both of whom worked on AC/DC’s 2008 release, Black Ice. Malcolm and Angus Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar on the record and will take part in the band’s world tour to support Rock or Bust in 2015.
“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” frontman Brian Johnson told Classic Rock in July. “He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again…. Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording 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.”