In a recent statement, Liotti said, "First, I am very saddened to hear about Malcolm's health issues. The guy has been a huge inspiration to me as a guitarist and songwriter, and I feel awful for his family. This is a huge blow to AC/DC as Malcolm has always really been the driving force behind them. Can they function without him? Certainly... Stevie Young is perfectly capable of stepping in for Mal as he did in 1988. However, it is a bit different dynamic with respect to the fact that he has recorded on the upcoming album."
"Stevie [Young] is an accomplished guitarist clearly influenced by his Uncle Malcolm. His work in Starfighters was good stuff, and he clearly cut the mustard when he toured with the band in '88," he continued.
Liotti went on to add, "Jesse [Fink] is quite right I think in his assessment that Malcolm will likely not be back with the band. I knew six months prior to the 'announcement' that something was up. I don't want to disclose the matter directly, but Jesse and I talked about it and some conversations I had with the AC/DC camp in the last year indicated that something was happening. It just so happened that Stevie was prepping. I just thought it was bloody shit that a radio DJ basically spewed at the mouth and leaked some rather private news regarding Malcolm's condition. Hey, I am probably not the highest guy on Malcolm's list as we had some contention over the movie project, but the guy is human and deserves some privacy - even as a public figure. He has a wife and kids and family, so people need to give him some space."
Fink just penned a book called, The Youngs - The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. The book quickly reached #1 Best Seller status in the U.S. for Rock and Roll Biographies just this week. According to Rob Liotti, he and Fink have 'communicated regularly' and have discussed some of the inner-workings of AC/DC. Apparently, the author writes about the Bon Scott film project and Liotti in the North American version.
The actor stated, "Jesse was kind enough to mention me in the N.A. version of the book. It had already been indexed, so he could not do a full chapter. We may collaborate in his revised version should he wish. I am open to it. Jesse is a true pro with a passion for music and AC/DC. He and I hit it off immediately. He has been a supporter and very helpful. I look forward to meeting him personally and I promised him a book review which will be coming."
Director J.R. Getches, who is prepping for the trailer said, "John brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the production side of this. We are excited!"