“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.”
With this statement from the official Facebook Page of AC/DC we, once again have to say goodbye to another great musician of rock n’ roll. Malcolm Young died at the age of 64, after suffering from dementia for three years. Guitarists like Steven Van Zandt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Dave Grohl, and Eddie Van Halen stated their grief but also credited Malcolm for being one of the best ever rhythm guitarists of rock n’ roll.
The Young brothers were born in Scotland but moved and raised in Australia. Malcolm and Angus, coming from a family of musicians, formed AC/DC in 1973. They chose this name after seeing the letters on their sister’s sewing machine. With Angus being on lead guitar and Malcolm on rhythm guitar, AC/DC became the most famous Australian act selling over 110 million albums. The Young brothers have been the core of the band and shared equally the resulting sound of AC/DC, influencing and inspiring many musicians.
In 2003 AC/DC were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004 were ranked number 72 on the list of “the 100 greatest artists of all time” by the Rolling Stone magazine.