AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has passed away at the age of 64.
They wrote: "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."
They continued: "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 endeavoured. 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."
Young founded AC/DC along with his brother Angus in 1973, played with the band until 2014 when he retired from touring as he was battling dementia.
During the course of his career with AC/DC, Young sold over 200 million records with the band and was a key feature of all, but one of their 16 studio albums, including iconic LPs like Back In Black and Highway To Hell.
Tributes to Young have poured in with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Brian May and Guns N' Roes all paying homage to Young, a selection of the tributes are included below:
This goes out to Malcolm Young.— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 19, 2017
He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/gO1mWVuDeR
RIP Malcolm Young. Sweet, quiet man. Made all his noise with his guitar. AC/DC night at my house, and loud. Rock and roll ain't noise pollution.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 18, 2017
Feeling very sad about Malcolm Young. Without a doubt one of Rock's greatest ever rhythm… https://t.co/a9xOXXsWGN— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) November 19, 2017
Sincerest condolences going out to the Young family today. Malcolm Young sadly passing too soon. Love ya Angus! pic.twitter.com/a3naL0CvdA— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) November 18, 2017
I’m sorry to hear about Malcolm Young, a fine player. pic.twitter.com/nxlxTrEZIS— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) 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