Many figures in the rock world have shared their grief at the loss of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young over the weekend, but until now, we haven’t heard from AC/DC’s longest-tenured frontman Brian Johnson.

Johnson took to his official website and shared the following statement titled “For 32 years we stood side by side on stage”:

“I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can’t believe he’s gone.

We had such great times on the road.  I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he.

I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated…. as we all are.

He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.  He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that.  He was the man who created AC/DC because he said “there was no Rock’n’Roll” out there.

I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much.

I salute you, Malcolm Young.”

Johnson exited AC/DC in 2016 due to issues with hearing loss.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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