Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died 64 years old. Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past 3 years. He was replaced by nephew Stevie for band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.
Young died 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. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took in great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever’ an ACDC statement said.
Apart from a brief absence from AC/DC in 88′, Young was with the band from the beginning in November 73′ until his permanent retirement in 2014 because of health complications. As one of 8 children, Young was born in Glasgow in Scotland in 53′ but 10 years later he immigrated to Australia before relocating the band to United Kingdom in 76′. Young was described as ‘driving force’ of the band and was responsible for the band’s sound and music. The hard rock band was so huge Young and other members of AC/DC were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
AC/DC’s seventh studio album Back in Black was released in 80′ as a tribute to Bon Scott, band’s original lead singer who died of alcohol poisoning. The hit album sold 50 million copies, making it second highest-selling album worldwide behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Again, their album The Razors Edge sold between 10 and 12 million copies and made it 5 times multi-platinum in America. Their success did not end there with album Black Ice making it number one in 29 countries. During Blow Up Your Video World Tour, Young left to work on his drinking issue and eventually became sober and returned to AC/DC. In 2014 Young was admitted into a nursing home to receive round the clock care. Young leaves behind his wife O’Linda and 2 children.