Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

"With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band", AC/DC posted on its Facebook page late on November 18.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said. The statement said, "As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary has was a perfectionist and a unique man". The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. He took great pride in all that he endeavored.

For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.

The musician founded the legendary band back in 1973 with his brother, Angus Young, and the group strung together a string of hard rock hits including songs very well known to this day, like Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, and Hells Bells.

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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". Many others took to social media to honor his memory. Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist, tweeted, "I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour". "He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends".

George Young, another brother to Malcolm and Angus, died on October 23 at age 70. Within three years and with vocalist Bon Scott as its frontman, AC/DC had become one of Australia's top acts, with two albums (High Voltage and T.N.T.) under its belt, and the group moved to London to pursue global fame.

Paul Stanley of Kiss called it "a tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon", referring to Young as "the driving engine of AC/DC". 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 Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC's longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

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