Malcolm Young, guitarist and founding member of AC/DC, dies at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young is Dead at 64

He "passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside", the band said. Young died today (18) with his family around him. Young later announced his departure from the band in 2014 due to health reasons that were later revealed to be dementia.

AC/DC was founded in Sydney, Australia by two brothers, Malcolm (the seventh of eight children in the Young family) and his older brother Angus. It cites a prior interview with Angus that touched on Malcolm's condition: "Malcolm was always very organised [so] it was kind of unusual".

AC/DC's first show was staged in a Bondi Beach nightclub on New Year's Eve in 1973.

The band was poised for even greater heights when vocalist Scott died of alcohol poisoning in early 1980. He was replaced by Brian Johnson. It remains one of the top 10 best-sellers in RIAA history.

Some of the band's most popular songs include "Back in Black", "Thunderstruck", "Hells Bells", "You Shook me all Night Long" and "For Those About to Rock".

"He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever", the band said.

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AC/DC was inducted in 2003 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which described its sound as "scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals".

The rock legend played on every classic AC/DC album, including Back in Black and Highway to Hell, so his impact on the rock genre was tremendous.

Young and his brother Angus created AC/DC in the early 1970s.

"So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young", Osbourne tweeted. The experience was "very odd for him", Angus told the magazine, "but he was always a confident guy, and we made it work". The Scottish-born Australian began his musical career after his older brother George, who died in October, achieved 1960s stardom with the Easybeats.

"He was older than me - I always looked up to him", Angus Young said of his brother in an interview past year with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was "always one to battle through".

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