Co-founder and creator of AC/DC Malcolm Young has passed away, as confirmed by the band’s Facebook page.
Young had been suffering from dementia and had to retire from the band back in 2014, as well as being diagnosed with Lung Cancer and a heart condition back in 2008 after recording ‘Black Ice.’
Brother Angus Young told Rolling Stone back in August of 2016 that “It’s hard to communicate,” (with him). “I do pass on messages. I can’t be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him.”
Over the course of AC/DC’s career, it’s widely known that the lineup has always kind of been shaken. When Bon Scott passed away, Brian Johnson was inducted, as well as the leaving and returning drummer Phil Rudd. The staples though were always the Young Brothers, which makes the statement from AC/DC’s Facebook page so heart-wrenching.
“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.”
When Malcolm Young retired from the band in 2014, his nephew Stevie Young attempted to fill the power driving shoes of his uncle.
Angus told Rolling Stone when asked if he felt he should have made the call on retiring AC/DC when Malcolm couldn’t continue in an interview after he’d enlisted Axl Rose to take on the mantle of vocalist on tour, and he said:
“That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs.’ He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”
Read the band’s statement here:
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