The Kinks’ Dave Davies To AC/DC’s Malcolm Young: “Never Give Up”


's ailing Malcolm Young is getting some support from a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

AC/DC announced last week that its co-founding guitarist will be out of the group temporarily while dealing with an unspecified health issue, though reports out of Australia indicate he suffered a debilitating stroke that's rendered him unable to play. The Kinks' Dave Davies, who made a full recover from a stroke 2004 has posted a pair of notes to Young on Facebook, writing "Malcolm Young -- never give up -- and remember all the important 'tricks' you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind -- always exercise your hands and fingers-picking coins from the floor -- picking up pins from a flat surface-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 -- Dave Davies."


Davies followed that with another note: "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. I was afraid my first shows last year might have been my last but sometimes you have to have blind faith with the support of people around you which I was fortunate to receive. Positive thoughts and encouraging support of others are paramount in the healing process. Love, Dave."

Davies has released two solo albums since his stroke, "Fractured Mindz" in 2007 and "I Will Be Me" last year; he's also spoken about a possible Kinks reunion, though nothing has been announced yet.