Legendary AC/DC Co-Founder and Creator Malcolm Young Dies at 64

By Faith Magbanua, November 19, 2017 04:11 AM

Malcolm Young

November 18, 2017 serves as another day to mourn for avid rock star fans as Malcolm Young, known to the world as the co-founder, the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. has died at the age of 64.

The Australian musician and songwriter was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring permanently in 2014, due to health reasons.

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

Though his younger brother Angus is the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm has been described as the driving force and the leader of the band.

Despite his retirement, from the band, AC/DC was still determined to continue making great music. Malcolm was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the band's last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust, with his blessing.

As the rhythm guitarist, Malcolm was responsible for the broad sweep of the band's sound, developing many of their guitar riffs and co-writing the band's material with Angus. He was married to Linda Young and had two children, Cara and Ross.

Malcolm and his retirement

Young took a leave of absence from AC/DC in April 2014, to receive treatment for dementia. In September 2014, the band's management announced that he would be retiring permanently.

Stevie, the son of Young's oldest brother Stephen, previously filled in for Malcolm during the band's Blow Up Your Video world tour in 1988 when he was struggling with alcohol issues. Some fans apparently did not notice the switch, due to Stevie's striking resemblance to Malcolm and similar style of playing.

From the official FB page of AC/DC, the band has released a statement following the death of their bandmate.


Malcolm Young
Malcolm Young


"Today 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.

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 endeavored.

His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

Malcolm, job well done"

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.

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