AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young Rest in Peace 1953-2017
The driving force behind the band that produced a staple of hits known world wide and guaranteed frenzied ticket sales anytime they played, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young had singularly influenced so many bands and artists, not just Australian but for the worldwide too. Rest in Peace 1953-2017 at the sage of 64
AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website.
A representative for the band confirmed that the posts were true. The posts did not say when or where Young died, but said the performer had been suffering from dementia. He was diagnosed in 2014.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside,” one of the posts read.
The family put out a statement posted on the band’s website calling Young a “visionary who inspired many.”
AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of first singer Bon Scott and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in Back in Black, the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years.
He died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said.
“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.”
Younger brother Angus said the pair were close until the end.
“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement read.
“From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”
Born in Glasgow on 6 January 1953
The Glasgow-born Young brothers – who moved to Sydney with their parents, sister and five older brothers in 1963 – formed the band in 1973. They were inspired to choose the high-energy name AC/DC from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret.
After the breakup of the Newcastle-based band The Velvet Underground (not the well-known 1960s band), Young founded AC/DC in November 1973, and soon asked Angus to join when they were 20 and 18 years old respectively. They began national touring in 1974 with singer Dave Evans.
AC/DC relocated to the UK in 1976, and began a heavy schedule of international touring and recording. The first six albums of the band were produced by ex-Easybeats members Harry Vanda and George Young, Angus and Malcolm's brother, and they were also the production team behind the Marcus Hook Roll Band. After the death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, they recorded their biggest selling album Back in Black with singer Brian Johnson. Young missed the majority of AC/DC's Blow Up Your Video World Tour to address his drinking problem. He eventually became sober and returned to the band. During his absence he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young with some fans not realising that he had been replaced as Stevie Young bears a striking resemblance to his uncle.
In 1974, Young played guitar on "Evie" by Stevie Wright, written and produced by Harry Vanda and George Young.
His death comes just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for the Easybeats and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.
They began national touring in 1974 with singer Dave Evans
Malcolm is survived by his wife O’Linda and two children.