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Rockers React to the Death of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young

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Earlier today (Nov. 18), AC/DC legend Malcolm Young passed away at the age of 64. He had stepped down from the band in 2014, suffering from dementia, and it was later revealed that he had also previous had a stroke and was fitted with a pacemaker. Malcolm, along with his brother Angus, formed the buzzing twin guitar attack in the band, with Malcolm handling the rhythm in such an ironclad way that he’d gone on to inspire countless other rock and metal axemen.

As the news of his passing has spread, the music community has begun to react to the death of yet another rock legend. Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine had stated in the past that he considered Malcolm to be one of the four greatest rhythm guitarists of all time while Anthrax‘s Scott Ian had told Loudwire he considered the AC/DC icon to be the “greatest” rhythm guitar player ever.

See what the rock world has had to say about the loss of Malcolm Young below.

Farewell Malcolm Young. One of the great riffmasters of all time, his loss sadly follows his and Angus’s older brother George – a ‘60s pop legend and also AC/DC’s original producer – who passed away last month almost to this day. Of the two onstage Young brothers, Malcolm was the quiet one, if not in volume, in terms of onstage antics. Like Alex Van Halen, he provided the fraternal foundation of which a great band was built upon and made it possible for his lead guitar playing brother to reach full potential – competing for the spotlight with charismatic singers (in Angus Young’s case, becoming the very mascot of the band) and becoming lead guitar personified for generations of listeners – yet always coming across as more than content as the supportive brother, never seeking undue attention and holding it down with dignity. Malcom had no distinctive outfit. Malcom had no signature stage moves. He didn’t need them. He had the riffs and he did them better than nearly anyone. Who else in heavy rock could play a Gretsch White Falcon – a guitar associated more with rockabilly (ie Brian Setzer) – and pull it off? For many of us, Malcom was our real life version of the fictitious “Guitar George” in Dire Straights’ The Sultans of Swing “He knows all the chords… he’s strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make them cry or sing” His riffs for AC/DC will go down in history alongside Jimmy Page’s for Led Zeppelin, Tony Iommi’s for Black Sabbath or anyone else’s. Malcom gave us many great measures of music and he will be missed immeasurably. RIP #ripmalcolmyoung #AC/DC #malcolmyoung

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