The legendary Australian rock guitarist and one of the co-founders of AC/DC – Malcolm Young died yesterday (Saturday, 18 November 2017) peacefully at the age of 64 in his home with his family by his side.
He was recognized with his powerful guitar riffs and together with other members of the band, Malcolm became popular rock star and he had worldwide popularity with AC/DC.
In the past three years, Malcolm had been suffering with dementia, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young”, this were written in a statement of AC/DC official website.
Malcolm along with Angus was the founder and creator of the band. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and unique man.
Angus Young added, “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.”
The Young brothers have lost their older brother George Young, The Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October this year at the age of 70.
In 2010 AC/DC had their two-year world tour Black Ice that ultimately gross $441 million across 168 shows. On that tour, Malcolm performed live for the last time with AC/DC when their tour concluded in June 2010 with a concert in Bilbao, Spain.
Guns N’ Roses guitarists Slash for Rolling Stone told: “Malcolm was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing.”
Eddie Van Halen wrote following Young’s death, “It is a sad day in Rock and Roll. Malcolm was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, band mates and friends.”
The Young brothers and AC/DC were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. With over 110 million albums sold, AC/DC is also the best-selling Australian ac of all time. When Rolling Stone asked the Young brothers in 2008, who runs with AC/DC, Malcolm replied – “We both do, because we were there from the start.”