AC/DC Guitarist And Co-Founder Malcolm Young Dead At 64

Written by Pernille Bogø Jørgensen

AC/DC founder, Malcolm Young, died this weekend at the age of 64 after living with dementia for 3 years. Malcolm was guitarist, song-writer and backing vocalist with the Australian rock band until 2014 when his condition forced him to retire after 41 years. AC/DC is the best-selling Australian act of all times and has been in the Hall of Fame since 2003.

Malcolm’s brother, Angus Young, who he founded the legendary rock band with, has said “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever” in a statement from the band on Saturday. The two brothers were the architects of AC/DC’s unique sound as Angus’ guitar riffs played on the back of Malcolm’s rhythm guitar.

Many artists, including Slash, and Ozzy Osbourne, have expressed their grief on social media over the loss of “the hearth and soul of AC/DC” as Val Halen put it in his tweet.

Others paid tribute to Malcolm through their music only hours after his death was announced, namely The Foo Fighters who played Let There Be Rock – one of AC/DC’s numbers, which the Foo Fighters have performed many times before. Guns N’ Roses similarly dedicated their covers of Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and AC/DC’s own Whole Lotta Rosie.

Watch the last live performance Malcolm Young did with AC/DC here:

Credit: AC/DC Italia


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