Malcolm Young, AC/DC co-founder, dead at 64

Carla Harmon
November 18, 2017

The co-founder of Australian heavy metal band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, according to a statement on the band's website.

Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

"It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother", the family said in a statement.

Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy".

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 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", he wrote. "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life". "He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for the band onstage & off".

His last show with AC/DC took place on June 28, 2010 at Campo de San Manes in Bilbao, Spain. The band streamed across the rock skies like a comet.

"He was older than me - I always looked up to him", Angus Young said of his brother in an interview a year ago with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was "always one to battle through".

The three brothers were born in Scotland. "Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere".

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".

Young's fellow musicians, as well as rock n' roll fans, voiced their condolences Saturday on Twitter. "I toured with AC/DC on their "Stiff Upper Lip" tour".

Artists from following generations also chimed in with their tributes to the late rockstar.

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