Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of AC/DC, passed away over the weekend at the age of 64. Young started the band in 1973 with his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young.
The band confirmed the sad news in an official statement.
It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.
Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. 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.
AC/DC and Young’s influence on rock music was, and remains, too large for words. While it was often Bon Scott and later Brian Johnson’s vocals and Angus Young’s solos that were the band’s most instantly recognizable traits, Malcolm Young’s ability as a contributing songwriter and rhythm guitarist held it all together. The music world has been offering up condolences and honouring his memory over the past couple days.
RIP Malcolm Young
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs…
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) 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
I don’t think anybody would debate me when I say that #MalcolmYoung was the greatest rhythm guitar player of all time. And one of the best riff writers in rock history. @acdc is the GREATEST rock n roll band ever and Malcolm was the driving force behind them. Thanks for everything Mal…. we salute you. #RIPMalcolmYoung
This goes out to Malcolm Young.
He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/gO1mWVuDeR
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 19, 2017