Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64

Kelvin Reese
November 19, 2017

Young played rhythm guitar to Angus' lead, and his driving riffs and mop-top hair were signatures of the band's sound and image for decades.

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many", the statement read. He took great pride in all that he endeavored.

"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote. "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

While Angus' schoolboy outfit and onstage aggression made him the focal point of the band throughout its career, his older brother's crushing rhythm guitar anchored the band musically, and his no-nonsense toughness anchored it in virtually every other way.

His last show with AC/DC took place on June 28, 2010 at Campo de San Manes in Bilbao, Spain.

He was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band's last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.

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Van Halen called Saturday, the day AC/DC announced Young's death, "a sad day in rock and roll". The LP, whose cover was an all-black tribute to Scott, sported some its most popular singles, including "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", "Hells Bells" and the title track.

It was later revealed that he had dementia and would be permanently retiring.

George Young, another brother to Malcolm and Angus, died on Oct 23 at age 70.

The Young brothers were born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived there until the early '60s when the family emigrated to Sydney, Australia.

Angus Young (L) and Malcolm Young (R) of the Australian rock band AC/DC are pictured September 15, 2000. The albums were produced by brother George and his songwriting partner Harry Vanda, who brought out the pop sensibilities in the band's crushing template. "Early success continued with 1976's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and 1977's" Let There Be Rock". Rubin added, "I'll go on record as saying they're the greatest Rock & Roll band of all time". That's when it kind of, you know, hit me. By 1980, AC/DC was working on what became its breakthrough album, Back in Black, when Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning. "I toured with AC/DC on their "Stiff Upper Lip" tour". Hope we see you up there. A few months later, we learn that Malcolm was suffering from dementia.

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