The funeral for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was held on Tuesday (November 28) in Sydney, Australia. Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, died on November 18 at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years.
Hundreds of people gathered at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral for the service, including Angus Young, his AC/DC bandmates Cliff Williams (bass) and Brian Johnson (vocals), along with former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd and ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. Also in attendance were ROSE TATTOO's Angry Anderson, concert promoter Michael Chugg and Sony Music CEO Denis Handlin.
Eulogies were read by family member Bradley Horsburgh and David Albert, who described Young as a "quiet, humble and understated man," according to ABC. The Albert family had managed AC/DC for more than four decades.
One of Malcolm Young's guitars was also carried into the church for the service, after which Angus placed it on the casket, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
Guitar picks inscribed with Young's date of birth and death were handed out with the official funeral programs.
Monsignor Tony Doherty, who ran the service, told those in attendance: "Once in a while and only once in a while, someone comes along who truly understands, who has a gift to transfer all those needs and emotions into music. This genius of music and song had been cruelly struck silent."
Following the service, a pipe band played a medley of songs as the funeral procession left St Mary's, including the guitar solo from AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top", as well as "Waltzing Matilda" and "Road To Gundagai".
More photos of the service can be found at The Australian.
Malcolm retired from AC/DC in 2014 after it was made public that he was suffering from dementia.
Johnson was forced to leave the band in 2016 midway through the touring cycle for its latest album, "Rock Or Bust", when told by doctors that he faced total hearing loss if he continued to perform live. His replacement for the balance of the dates was GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose.
Johnson told Rolling Stone that he still recuperating from "nine fucking operations" on his ears, saying, "You got to take it like a man, but when it hurts, you know that's it — you're done, pal."
With Angus now the sole original member left in AC/DC, and no members left from the band's classic "Back In Black" lineup, he has not revealed whether he intends to keep the band going.
Rock royalty gather for Malcolm Young's funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral https://t.co/HpT5GTyMu9— The Australian (@australian) November 28, 2017
The funeral of Malcolm Young from AC/DC in Sydney today. pic.twitter.com/dn5wjDom1G— Janie Barrett (@janie_barrett) November 28, 2017
Angus Young waits to place a guitar in the hearse as they load the casket of his brother @acdc co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young following his funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, today. https://t.co/w0oLGlSkfZ #PicoftheDay pic.twitter.com/5lm0EMxKQr— AAP Multimedia (@aap_multimedia) November 28, 2017
Guitar picks are being handed out with programs at the funeral service for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/KjUm7Z7ncg— Nour Haydar (@NourHaydar) November 28, 2017
AC/DC guitarist's Malcolm Young's funeral procession pic.twitter.com/yxDeT4vIve— Rosemary Bolger (@rose_bolger) November 28, 2017
A young AC/DC fan at St Mary's Cathedral for the funeral of Malcolm Young pic.twitter.com/ZRv9eWvL3Q— Rosemary Bolger (@rose_bolger) November 27, 2017
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young's coffin carried out as Waltzing Matilda played on bagpipes pic.twitter.com/3u4Kers66C— Rosemary Bolger (@rose_bolger) November 28, 2017