The Co-founder of popular Australian rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young died on Saturday at the age of 64. Young was not only co-founder, he was also the bands rhythm guitarist and songwriter. Described as the leader of the band he was the ‘driving force’. This happened only a month after the death of his elder brother, George Young who was producer for AC/DC.
AC/DC are part of the list of highest certified music artists in the US and have sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Young and his brother founded the band in November 1973.
Young was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The influence the brothers had on the rock scene is made clear through the strong reaction from members of the community.
An official statement was posted on the bands website: “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.”
Lead singer for Black Sabbeth, Ozzy Osbourne said:
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) 18 November 2017
Eddie Van Halen said:
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) 18 November 2017
It is clear from the reaction from the rock community that Young will be missed and his death has helped highlight his prominent influence he had on other artists.
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