Rockers React to the Death of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young
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.
I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017
Wow…just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad…one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves…) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017
— Anthrax (Band) (@Anthrax) November 18, 2017
While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day Mal Rules!! pic.twitter.com/22vGOLfKBz
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017
No no no no no no DAMNIT.
— The Boogie Knight Returns (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.
— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) November 18, 2017
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young.
— Kreator (@kreator) November 18, 2017
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
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans…Great Guy …A Pleasure To Know…Truly Missed, Malcolm…XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
RIP to the King of Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young. Thank you for your years of timeless music. We Salute you. @acdc
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young was a HUGE inspiration to myself and countless others. Thank you for the decades of incredible riffs. Thank you for leading me down the path of rock n roll. On behalf of the entire world, THANK YOU FOR AC/DC
— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) November 18, 2017
Such sad news, RIP Malcolm Young. We Salute You! @acdc
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) November 18, 2017
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) November 18, 2017
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) November 18, 2017
A proper legend. Have a beautiful journey. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young.
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) November 18, 2017
My thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & everyone within the @acdc camp on the loss of the truly great #MalcomYoung. #ACDC has always been one of my favorite bands & Malcom will certainly be missed.
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) November 18, 2017
Thanks for the riffs Malcolm ⚡️ https://t.co/Y3kyJJAorX
— Earache Records♠️ (@EaracheRecords) November 18, 2017
— shawn drover (@shawndrover) November 18, 2017
Can’t believe he is gone- the worlds most amazing rhythm guitar player! These riffs are for YOU, MALCOLM – with… https://t.co/hYHXlCJNJZ
— DARKEST HOUR (@darkesthourrock) November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend pic.twitter.com/f1ztks77xr
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017
— Andreas Kisser (@andreaskisser) November 18, 2017
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