Last week, rumors of a breakup swirled around AC/DC after news broke that guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering from an illness. Though the band issued a statement that Young would be “taking a break” due to unspecified health issues, the band itself would “continue to make music.”
Following this announcement, former Kinks guitarist/vocalist Dave Davies offered his support through a message on his Facebook page last Thursday, urging Young to “never give up” despite his illness, reports Rolling Stone.
Davies, who’s dealt with his own health struggles after suffering a stroke in 2004, gave Young some supportive advice to “remember all the important ‘tricks’ you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind- always excerise your hands and fingers- picking coins from the floor- picking up pins from a flat surface.”
He added that to improve dexterity in his hands, to “constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster- image playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep-daily.”
Davies followed up his open message to Young with another Facebook post on Monday explaining to fans his reasoning behind sharing his health advice for Young.
“I have no idea exactly what physical state Malcolm Young is in but the public sending out negative vibes about the whole thing is not going to help at all. It really does not help by people taking a negative view that his career is over. Part of the healing process is convincing the brain and MIND that it is capable of anything. I wish him well,” Davie wrote.
Though Young will be taking a break from the group, frontman Brian Johnson told the Daily Telegraph of plans to record a new album.
“We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” Johnson told the Daily Telegraph. “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”