AC/DC set to announce split this week - reports
REPORTS circulating online this afternoon suggest legendary rock Band AC/DC are set to announce they are to split after 40 years.
The famous rock band, who formed in 1973, are one of the most popular and highest-grossing bands of all time.
The report surfaced in Australia as media there got wind that guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, 61, had returned home to be with his family.
A representative for the band confirmed that he had returned for 'personal reasons' to The Sydney Morning Herald.
It has been suggested in some reports that Young is ill.
Entertainment commentator Peter Ford told Australian radio station 3AW on Tuesday morning that after last year's talk of a tour, nothing has been announced since.
Mr Ford tweeted later “there is a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report ...boys played together privately a few weeks back”.
Earlier this year they announced plans for a tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
The 'Highway To Hell' rockers also revealed they had begun work on their first new album since 2008's 'Black Ice'.
Frontman Brian Johnson told Florida radio station Gater 98.7 in February: "It's been 40 years of the band's existence. So I think we're gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty.
"I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we'll have to go out, even though we're getting a bit long in the tooth.
"You know what? It's been four years, and I'm really looking forward to it."
Brian also revealed the band were planning to head to a Vancouver studio next month to record their 16th studio album.