Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64
20 November, 2017, 02:35 | Author: Randy Kelley
The place of his death was not shared, though the statement mentioned that he "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside".
Young was a songwriter, backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, a hard rock and heavy metal band that was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes, guitarist Slash, horror writer Stephen King, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Bryan Adams, songwriter Diane Warren and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard also took to social media to pay tribute. The singer remains close to Malcolm's younger brother Angus Young, Rolling Stone reported.
Malcolm, along with his brother Angus Young, founded the legendary rock band in Australia in 1975. "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. His illness forced him to step down in 2010 and officially leave in 2014, yet they continued to tour and record. with his nephew, Stevie.
The band concludes the message with a simple tribute to Malcolm stating that the guitarist "leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever".
"He would look at me in times of crisis and go 'We'll just go in and do some work". "He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him".
Some of the band's most popular songs include "Back in Black", "Thunderstruck", "Hells Bells", "You Shook me all Night Long" and "For Those About to Rock". He was replaced by Brian Johnson. "The entire rock "n" roll community is heartbroken by his passing".
AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums across the world and continues to find fans in younger generations.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen said "it is a sad day in rock and roll".
"We're going to play some rock 'n'roll for Malcolm tonight", Dave Grohl told the crowd as a photo of Young was shown behind the band on the festival's large video screen.
The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.
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