Vale Malcolm Young: Tributes Roll In For Beloved AC/DC Guitarist
The rock and roll icon died peacefully surrounded by his family.
Malcolm Young, the co-founder and guitarist for legendary rock band AC/DC, sadly passed away on Saturday at the age of 64. According to a statement, he died peacefully surrounding by his family, after suffering from dementia for three years.
Young helped found AC/DC with his brother, Angus Young, back in 1973 in Sydney. The band released 16 studio albums including the Grammy award-winning War Machine, and the critically lauded Back in Black.
The band released two statements via their Facebook page, including a heartfelt note from Angus.
“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,” said Angus Young. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”
Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.Malcolm, along with…
Tributes have since begun pouring in from huge names in the music industry, including Jimmy Barnes, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, and Eddie Van Halen. Many praised Young’s skills as a rhythm guitar player, or his influence on rock and roll.
RIP Malcolm Young You were the greatest rhythm guitar player ever Love and condolences to Angus What a sad day for music https://t.co/nskAOvd6Gq
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young 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, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon." – Joe
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
I’m sorry to hear about Malcolm Young, a fine player. pic.twitter.com/nxlxTrEZIS
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) November 18, 2017
Malcolm, rest in power.