MALCOM YOUNG of AC/DC Has died, aged 64.

Posted: November 19, 2017 in MUSIC
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MALCOLM YOUNG, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Malcolm had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.  Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC on tour in June 2010 at a concert in Bilbao, Spain.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement. Young was the “driving force” behind rock band AC/DC Young was born in Glasgow in 1953, but his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia, 10 years later. Young’s elder brother George found fame first with his band the Easybeats, before going on to produce for AC/DC. He died last month, aged 70.

Three years ago the band announced Young was stepping down to receive treatment for dementia. Shortly afterwards he retired permanently, to be replaced by one of his nephews, Stevie, for the band’s most recent tour.

Even before AC/DC concluded their Black Ice tour on June 28th, 2010 in Bilbao, Spain, they were aware that there was a problem with founder Malcolm Young’s health.

As his brother Angus said in November 2014, Malcolm had issues with memory and concentration since before they started work on their 2008 album, but he was still able to participate in the recording and the promotion of the record. “[Malcolm] was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. I said to him, ‘Do you want to go through with what we’re doing?’ And he said, ‘S—, yeah.’”

During the tour, which lasted nearly two years, Malcolm “got good help, good medical care,” Angus continued, even though he had to relearn many of the songs he wrote,

Stevie had also briefly replaced his uncle on the Blow Up Your Video world tour in 1988 tour while Malcolm sought treatment for alcoholism.

Eddie Van Halen has lamented on Twitter it was a “sad day in rock and roll”. “Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC,” he said. “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.”

Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Sabbath and solo fame, has also remembered Young as a friend. “So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless @ACDC,” the singer wrote on Twitter.

From their first release in 1975, High Voltage, two years after the formation of the band, up until their final album, Rock or Bust, Young and his younger brother, Angus, were credited as co-writers on all AC/DC tracks.

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