Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64

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20 November, 2017

In an additional statement to Australia's SBS, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. In another publication, Angus Young also wanted to express a tribute to this " perfectionist", " this unique man ". From the beginning, he always knew what he wanted to accomplish, and with his younger brother, he has conquered the music scene by giving the best of himself at every concert.

Younger brother Angus said the pair were close until the end. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. He last performed with the band in 2014, then stepped aside for his nephew, Stevie, to take over rhythm guitar duties for the band's last tour to promote its 2014 album, Rock Or Bust. Rolling Stone said at the time, he was having cognitive problems but chose to continue to perform during the tour, which he had to oftentimes relearn guitar parts that he had written. Singer Brian Johnson joined the band in Scott's stead; when Back in Black was released, it went to No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold 22 million copies in the USA alone. "And I'm not going to say no".

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

"I had said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah'".

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Malcolm's last show with the band took place in Spain in 2010.

"Malcolm was always very organised [so] it was kind of unusual".

"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many", the statement said. The brothers, who were born in Glasgow, Scotland (Malcolm on January 6, 1953), had emigrated to Australia in 1963 with their family when Malcolm was aged 10 and Angus was 8 years old.

Young is survived by his wife O'Linda and two children. George Young had served as producer to AC/DC and was a guitarist for the Australian band Easybeats.


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