By David McNally
Malcom Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 64. The guitarist died in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and loved ones after battling dementia for several years and the disease even forced him to retire from rock and roll.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcom Young. Malcom, 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,” the band said in a statement released Saturday.
They added, “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.”
His brother, Angus Young, also 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.”
With Angus laying down the arena-filling riffs and Malcom providing the rhythm, both established a distinct tone that complimented the others. The bouncing riffs that fed the swing would go on to define and mold the legendary bands sound.
Malcom last performed live with the band in June 2010 in Bilbao, Spain at the conclusion of their 2008 Black Ice Tour.