Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of legendary rock band AC/DC has died at age 64.
In 1973 Young started AC/DC with his brother Angus in Sydney, Austria. There’s no way the world of rock could have prepared for the electrically charged punch that was headed its way from Down Under.
I am a strong believer that AC/DC invented “arena rock.” Their confident, spacious, driving riffs have set the bar to an unparalleled high since their initial inception.
AC/DC has been called “blues rock,” “hard rock” and “heavy metal” by many, but Young and other members of the band always identified the group’s genre simply as “rock and roll.” This straightforward approach, lacking need for superficial compensation is what Young embodied in an uncompromising fashion as the backbone of the band.
Young was a strong-willed visionary and a perfectionist musician. With this kind of leader in the captain’s chair it’s no coincidence that AC/DC’s riffs, lyrics and image are so intimidating.
There never has been and never will be another band like AC/DC, and we have Malcolm Young to thank for this.
Malcolm Young, you lived rock, and we solute you.