- 18 Nov 17
For those who rocked, we salute you...
The very sad news from Australia is that AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died in Sydney aged 64. Young retired from the band in 2014 after being diagnosed as suffering from dementia.
“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many," reads a family statement. "From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans."
The band themselves have just released a message saying: “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man."
In a solo tribute, Angus notes that: “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
“Malcolm, job well done.”
His death comes less than three week after that of his and Angus' elder brother, George Young, who scored '60s success as a member of The Easybeats and produced some of AC/DC's early records.
We are deeply saddened to have heard the news of the passing of Malcolm Young from AC/DC. Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere. Rock In Peace, Malcolm. Hope we see you up there. Love Dropkick Murphys pic.twitter.com/qCWxmjmKEQ
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) November 18, 2017
Wow...just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad...one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves...) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF
— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
— Damon Johnson (@DamonJOfficial) November 18, 2017
Such sad news, RIP Malcolm Young. We Salute You! @acdc
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) November 18, 2017
— Matthew Karstunen (@MKarstunen) November 18, 2017