Rest in Peace, AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young: 1953-2017

Rest in Peace, AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young: 1953-2017

Early Saturday morning, it was announced that AC/DC co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has died at the age of 64 after a battle with dementia.

A statement was issued by the band on Facebook about Young’s passing — followed by a shorter message from his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young:

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.
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.

Malcolm’s family issued a separate statement of their own:

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “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.”

Malcolm had been forced to sit out of AC/DC’s recent touring and activities pertaining to their 2014 album Rock or Bust as a result of his health concerns.

On Monday, Brian Johnson, AC/DC’s longtime lead singer who retired from performing a few years ago, remembered Malcolm with a heartfelt message on his official site titled “For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage”:

“I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road.

I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar; his riffs have become legend, as has he.

I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.

He never liked the celebrity side of fame; he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no rock and roll out there.

I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young.”

Needless to say, his loss is a huge one for rock and roll, and stars took to social media to share their condolences and remember the influential rhythm guitarist who helped create one of the most cherished bands in history:

#rip #malcomyoung gone too soon … thank u for all the great music 🎶

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May Malcolm Young rest in peace.

7 Responses to "Rest in Peace, AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young: 1953-2017"

  1. Les Place   November 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I saw AC/DC live back when Bonn Scott was singing in Fort Wayne Indiana Bonn asked the audience, “I hope there’s a lot of beautiful ladies, because I’m planning on having a good time here!” RIP Malcolm

  2. John Rohana   November 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Sad day.Malcolm , you were quiet in your live role with the band , but the loudest and best riffs ever laid down.
    P.S. POWERAGE is the greatest under-rated LP of all time.endless hours of enjoyment of just that 45 minutes of life. You drove that band with your timeless hooks . Seems so simple , but you wove the fabric that made that band untouchable.
    R.I.P. Malcolm , and once again,
    Thank You,
    John Rohana PHL/PA/USA

  3. Thomas Filip   November 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Let there be rock!

  4. Thomas Filip   November 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    RIP Mal.

  5. Sandy   November 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of Malcolm’s passing. When I think of ACDC the Young brothers come to mind. I think that band was the greatest of all time. Gonna miss your music. Prayers for his family.

  6. Sybille   November 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Dementia is n o t a deadly disease it is a lack of nutrients in the brain,diabetes of the brain,it can be cured easily,if the current Gods in White of the fsmous and rich would only humble themselves and learn Former brainsurgein Dr.Blaylock MD knows a lot about this,and the team as well..

  7. Bryn   November 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Symptomatic of what’s happening here. That the passing away of Malcolm Young also means the fading away of our rock culture and everything we all hold on dear to that is OUR rock generation. Sure I wish we all could live forever and the concerts would never stop, and that we wouldn’t have to get old and sick maybe in the next world so don’t be late Malcolm Young- keep rockin’!


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