The impact of the death of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has been so far reaching that artists of all genres and politicians have been leading the tributes for one of Australia’s greatest musicians.
Keith Urban calls Malcolm “the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time”, Anthony Albanese refers to his as “legendary” and for Eddie Van Halen “he was my friend.
Malcolm lost his battle with dementia at age 64.
Here is a selection of what people are saying today following the death of Malcolm Young in Sydney on Saturday.
Devastated to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing… For me personally, the GREATEST rhythm guitarist of ALL TIME. Thank you Malcolm for all of the spit and fire, passion, ferocity, gravitas, and for the eternal inspiration. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 18, 2017
Vale Ashfield Boys High School old boy, Malcolm Young, legendary rhythm guitarist and songwriter AC⚡️DC ?
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) November 19, 2017
Eddie Van Halen
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
Heavy heart hearing of Malcolm Young’s passing.Not only did he co- found one of the greatest bands in the world he co wrote the songs that inspired many of us to wanna be in a band.Condolences to his whole family,band mates and fans. RIP bad ass.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young. Sweet, quiet man. Made all his noise with his guitar. AC/DC night at my house, and loud. Rock and roll ain't noise pollution.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
Malcolm is gone, and although his music lives on, there are no words to express this sadness. Bittersweet as it is, I’m happy he’s free from the dementia and in Heaven with Bon and his brother George. I owe so much to Malcolm Young… https://t.co/soxrFpQsmJ pic.twitter.com/YmUI6IH5sG
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young. Our songs generally take the piss, but we meant this one. Even though Angus is the guitarist everyone talks about, Malcolm Young was the engine room, the riff-writing legend and without him there'd be no AC/DC. Forever Malcolm Young. https://t.co/uyVReV8ZPv
— Frenzal Rhomb (@Frenzalofficial) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young. We salute you.
— The Avalanches (@TheAvalanches) November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young pic.twitter.com/IJ6zVzIPIF
— Judas Priest (@Judas_Priest_FC) November 19, 2017
So sad to hear about Malcolm Young. Absolute legend. RIP.
— Justin Hawkins (@JustinHawkins) November 18, 2017