Rest In Peace, Malcolm Young
Malcolm Young, co-founder and lead guitarist of AC/DC, died yesterday at age 64. Young had suffered from dementia for years, forcing his retirement from the band in 2014. Reportedly surrounded by family and friends at his time of death, his loss will be felt in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.
If you grew up in North America from 1970 onwards, you know Malcolm Young as AC/DC’s riffmaster. Songs like Back in Black, Highway to Hell and Thunderstruck were instant classics, appearing everywhere from cult classics to car commercials.
Following Malcolm’s death, the band released a statement on Facebook.
“With enormous dedication and commitment, [Malcolm] 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.”
Dozens of artists have tweeted their condolences, including Eddie Van Halen and KISS’s Paul Stanley. His brother Angus, lead singer and co-creator of the band, added a personal message to the band’s statement.
“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.”
The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Their page proclaims “Consistency, thy name is AC/DC” – the band hasn’t changed their game much since forming in 2003, but this has been one of their greatest assets. The band’s screeching vocals and Malcolm’s pared-down riffs are instantly recognizable as AC/DC, whether or not you know the song.
“He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”
After over 40 years of playing sold out shows, Malcolm Young has had his last encore. Rest in peace, Malcolm Young.
– Laura Oprescu, Creative Editor