Rockers Mourn Late AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young

Danny Woods
November 19, 2017

Young formed the group with his brother, Angus. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.

"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.

The legendary band announced that Young had died on their Facebook page early this morning (Nov. 18) with a heartfelt tribute and black-and-white photo of Young.

Angus said in the Facebook statement that "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. The band streamed across the rock skies like a comet.

A statement from American punk band Dropkick Murphys posted on Twitter said: "We are deeply saddened to have heard the news of the passing of Malcolm Young from AC/DC".

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AC/DC was inducted in 2003 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which described its sound as "scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals".

Young was born in Scotland but moved to Australia with his family in 1963. It was one of 168 gigs the band played in support of their fifteenth studio album "Black Ice", which was released in 2008. George Young had served as producer for AC/DC and guitarist for the band Easybeats. Rubin added, "I'll go on record as saying they're the greatest Rock & Roll band of all time".

Its influence on the burgeoning heavy metal scene of the 1980s can't be understated - their songs have been covered by hundreds of artists including Guns N' Roses, whose Axl Rose filled in for Johnson on a 2016 AC/DC tour - but less obvious was the influence it had on other forms of music.

His two children, Ross and Cara, and three grandchildren survive him.

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