After a long and hard battle with dementia, Malcolm Young passed away today at only 64 years of age. Malcolm founded AC/DC along with his brother Angus and operated as the glue that held the band together from 1975 until 2014 before stepping away and being replaced by his nephew Stevie. He wasn’t flashy, he never commanded the stage or demanded attention, but without him, the signature sound of AC/DC doesn’t exist. He laid the foundation of every song so Angus could knock the socks off everyone in attendance. His riffs weren’t about being super technical or difficult to play, and a lot of them just rely on three or four chords. Malcolm Young showed us that sometimes, less is more. He showed us it’s not about how much you play, it’s about what you play.
Here is the statement AC/DC released today:
“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.”
Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. 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.
Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.
While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.
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 family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.
…and here is the statement Angus Young released:
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.
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.
Malcolm, job well done.
Job well done indeed. Malcolm, we salute you.