AC/DC released a statement which read, “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.”
Angus Young added, “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.”
Young was born in Glasgow in 1953. He moved to Australia aged 10, and formed AC/DC in 1973. He was a constant member of the band until retiring due to ill health in 2014, when he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young.
AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2003. In July, Young’s elder brother George – a member of 60s band The Easybeats and the producer of some of AC/DC’s early recordings – died at the age of 70.
— Grace (@RockingGrace) November 18, 2017
— GUITWIZ (@GuitWiz_) November 18, 2017
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) November 18, 2017
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
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
— Slash (@Slash) November 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
“I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. 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.” – Joe
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) November 18, 2017
— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) November 18, 2017