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

Oscar Cross
November 19, 2017

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday.

AC/DC also paid tribute via their Facebook page. The time, location and cause of his death were not made public.

"Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many", the statement said. "Nothing less would do for their fans". Singer Brian Johnson joined the band in Scott's stead; when Back in Black was released, it went to No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold 22 million copies in the USA alone.

"Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere".

Angus Young (L) and Malcolm Young (R) of the Australian rock band AC/DC are pictured September 15, 2000. From the beginning, he always knew what he wanted to accomplish, and with his younger brother, he has conquered the music scene by giving the best of himself at every concert.

Rolling Stone put AC/DC 72nd on their "100 Greatest Artists" list. "For me, it's the embodiment of Rock & Roll".

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young", AC/DC wrote in a statement. The album became the band's first record to break the U.S. Top 100 and is the bands second highest selling album, behind the 1980 hard rock classic "Back in Black".

The group signed with Atlantic Records in 1976 - they played New York's punk mecca CBGB on their first USA tour - and their reputation grew quickly as albums followed in rapid succession: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "Let There Be Rock", "Power Age".

The act's 1979 LP "Highway to Hell" cracked the Billboard top 25 and went gold in America.

The band soon recovered, bringing on new singer Brian Johnson. "In the process, AC/DC have carved out a niche somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal that's been an inspiration to aspiring musicians-and given us crank-up-the-volume radio staples "Back In Black, ' 'Highway to Hell" and 'You Shook Me All Night Long, '" the organization wrote on their website. Hope we see you up there. The Los Angeles serial killer Richard Ramirez was a notorious fan, leaving an AC/DC hat at the site of one of his murders.

It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and...

It's a double dose of authentic rock and roll from two masters of the form AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. The band streamed across the rock skies like a comet.

Malcolm's return on 1990's "The Razor's Edge" helped make it a multiplatinum smash in the USA, selling 5 million copies, and its subsequent tour was documented on the concert album "Live".

AC/DC's music is rock and roll stripped down to pure muscle and bone, like a supercharged version of Chuck Berry.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years. Nephew Stevie took his place for the band's final tour, which promoted the 2014 album Rock Or Bust, notes Australia's ABC. "You live on, and you have a wonderful memory of them always with you, but you're not going to stop doing what you do". And we would die - I would, if I didn't do what I was doing.

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