Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

Randolph Lopez
November 20, 2017

In an interview with the ABC's 7.30, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson said Young had told the band to "keep making music".

In April of 2014, AC/DC announced that Young would be "taking a break from the band to ill health", without disclosing the nature of his illness; in September of that same year, the band revealed that he had dementia.

"Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC", he continued.

The post continues, "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted".

Angus, in a separate statement added Malcolm took "great pride in all that he endeavored".

Malcolm died at home with his family at his bedside, the band said in a statement.

"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote.

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Young and his brother, Angus, founded AC/DC in Australia in 1973.

AC/DC was inducted in 2003 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which described its sound as "scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals". He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Giants of the music world took to social media to express their shock and hail Young's lasting influence. Rolling Stone said at the time, he was having cognitive problems but chose to continue to perform during the tour, which he had to oftentimes relearn guitar parts that he had written. "He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends".

The band's most recent Rock or Bust tour grossed $180 million from 54 concerts and was the third highest-selling tour of 2015, only behind One Direction and Taylor Swift.

Foo Fighters played a cover version of AC/DC's Let There Be Rock at Corona Capital music festival in Mexico, with a huge black and white photo of Young suspended on the stage. He was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, for the band's world tour in 2015.

Younger brother Angus said the pair were close until the end. The group's early material was co-produced by their older brother George, a founder of Australian legends the Easybeats, who died earlier this year.

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