AC/DC may have enlisted Stevie Young, the nephew of guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, to take Malcolm’s place in the band as they gear up to record their 16th studio album. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, an AC/DC fan named Jeff Lorenz posted a photo that he took of the band in Vancouver, where they are recording, saying that Stevie was visible in the picture. Another fan tweeted back, “Ok so there we have it. Welcome #StevieYoung to @AC_DC – all the best guys, do it for Mal!” The photo was later removed.
- Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
- Legend has it that Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn’t even know Malcolm had left the tour.
- AC/DC confirmed widespread reports last month that Malcolm was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke.
- The legendary Australian act stated that it will “continue to make music,” and began recording sessions with producer Brendan O’Brien last week. Plans for a 40th anniversary tour remain unclear.