AC/DC co-founder, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and all-around rock legend Malcolm Young passed away on Saturday at age 64. Malcolm and his brother Angus’s influence on hard rock is so woven into the genre that it’s practically immeasurable. Naturally, when news broke of Young’s death, tributes poured in from colleagues and fans alike.
Rock titans like Eddie Van Halen, Paul Stanley and Ozzy Osbourne were quick to recognize the life and legacy of the late stadium-filler. They certainly weren’t the only ones on Twitter wanting to express what Malcolm Young meant to them.
“I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young,” wrote Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott on behalf of the band. “It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon.”
Malcolm Young’s family has released a statement following the Australian music legend’s death.
“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 on Saturday 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.“
”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.”
This seems like as a good a time as any to follow Alan Tudyk’s advice and put AC/DC on at a thundering volume today. Screw the neighbors.