For the rock fans and music fans alike, one musician’s recent passing has left the world stunned and speechless.
Malcolm Young, co-founder, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for legendary band AC/DC passed away Saturday, Nov. 18 after his three year long struggle with dementia. To say that Malcolm Young had an impact on not just the band but rock and roll in general would be a gross understatement.
Similar to other famous artists like Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd and George Harrison from The Beatles, Malcolm Young did not always have the main spotlight in AC/DC but did serve as the band’s immense creative force and source of stability. The other founder and his brother, Angus Young, became the staple image for the band, sporting the school clothes, crazy hair and sporadic movements on stage. The two front men, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, were also forces to be reckoned with. With voices that shook the stadium and stage presences that immediately caught everyone’s attention, these figures made the band what they are today.
But Malcolm Young would forever remain AC/DC’s visionary, their most loyal member and perfectionist, which led to their name being known across the world. The unmistakable riffs and rock staples such as “Back In Black,” “Hells Bells,” “Highway To Hell,” “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” along with dozens of others were thanks to Malcolm Young’s creative genius and dedication. And his talent was known far and wide throughout the music industry and respected by many artists.
Dave Mustaine, Megadeth leader, referred to Malcolm Young as “a hero of mine” and Brian Johnson gave some words on his recent band-mate and friend.
“His riffs have become legend, as has he,” Johnson said.
Many artists expressed their grief of his passing and wonder of the AC/DC guitarist including Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen and Gene Simmons. So, while Malcolm never had the same kind of energy his brother Angus had on stage, Malcolm remained as the band’s central nervous system and head captain; making sure that whatever it was they did, it was done with so much power and ferocity that audiences would be shell shocked to the point where they would never forget that nobody rocked as hard as AC/DC. Malcolm Young rocked, and we salute him.