On Saturday, the news of Malcolm Young of AC/DC's passing hit like a punch to the gut. It is hard to believe that even rock stars are mortal when we make them immortal, especially a guitar god like Young. The 64-year-old, who suffered from dementia, retired from music in 2014 and news broke of his passing after the band released a statement on Facebook, see above.
The news of his death strikes many, especially with the amount of anthems he crafted with his brother, Angus, and the rest of AC/DC in whatever form they were in from Bon Scott fronting the band to Brian Johnson or Axle Rose. Young was not just the founder but the solid core of the group which helped usher heavy metal to the mainstream and did it in such a fashion that will be remembered forever.
Following his death, many musicians took to social media to pay respects to Young, a man who helped influence their careers.
This goes out to Malcolm Young.— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 19, 2017
He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/gO1mWVuDeR
We salute you, Malcom Young. Your blistering guitar shook generations and united us with sonic anthems that will ring forever. #longliverock #acdc pic.twitter.com/PUBPEv3ktQ— Rock Hall (@rockhall) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs...
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
Malcolm,— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 18, 2017
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
Whenever anyone asked me what my role was in a band I never said singer, or songwriter. I said I just want to be Malcom Young and hold down the rhythm.— Brian Fallon (@thebrianfallon) November 18, 2017
A true legend. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young. pic.twitter.com/JZ1yKVfMpP— Marshall Amps (@marshallamps) November 18, 2017