Members of SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, WHITESNAKE, POISON, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STRYPER, KORN, OVERKILL, KREATOR, SEPULTURA and VOLBEAT are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of Malcolm Young.
The 64-year-old guitarist and co-founder of the legendary Australian hard rock band AC/DC had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years.
Malcolm died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement said.
Malcolm Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.
Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's latest studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived in December 2014.
Malcolm Young was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group's marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008's "Black Ice" album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition.
Malcolm's death came just weeks after his brother George Young, guitarist for THE EASYBEATS and AC/DC producer, died at age 70.
Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.
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
Malcolm,— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 18, 2017
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon." - Joe— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
I’m sorry to hear about Malcolm Young, a fine player. pic.twitter.com/nxlxTrEZIS— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) November 18, 2017
GOD BLESS MALCOLM YOUNG - 1953 - 2O17 tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/kZxtl4uG6L— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) November 18, 2017
Sad news about Malcolm Young. Dementia is such a horrible disease. pic.twitter.com/hpjrlffVLX— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) November 18, 2017
Sincerest condolences going out to the Young family today. Malcolm Young sadly passing too soon. Love ya Angus! pic.twitter.com/a3naL0CvdA— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) November 18, 2017
This man inspired more rock & roll than the world will ever be able to measure. His infectious crunching riffs, iconic Gretsch & Marshall tone made him one of a kind. The epitome of true, badass rock & roll.— Tom Keifer (@TomKeiferMusic) November 18, 2017
Thank you for the inspiration.#RipMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/6BfC9WxTFo
I have to go...I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this...— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) 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
Malcolm Young of AC/DC`s guitar playing feels like sex. What a perfect. perfect rhythm guitarist. What an original and immensely pleasurable body of work he gave us. Gone way too soon, he will be sorely missed.— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) November 18, 2017
While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day ? Mal Rules!! pic.twitter.com/22vGOLfKBz— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans...Great Guy ...A Pleasure To Know...Truly Missed, Malcolm...XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
Malcom Young. I spent so many childhood days pretending to be you in my bedroom, air guitar, staring at your posters. Thank you for your contribution to rock and roll.— Clint Lowery (@clintlowerynet) November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend? pic.twitter.com/f1ztks77xr— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm.. Thank you for all the decades of amazing music & for rocking so hard for us all… https://t.co/FtB3tV4Vle— Ray Luzier (@RayLuzier1) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young - A very important musician who helped shape the genre of hard rock. pic.twitter.com/GuXWNNjwMS— Derek Sherinian (@DerekSherinian) November 18, 2017
Just landed in Paris and heard about Malcolm Young passing away. He was the reason I wanted to play rhythm guitar. Toured with him and he was genuinely lovely. The world has lost a true champion.— Ginger Wildheart (@GingerWildheart) November 18, 2017
Wow...just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad...one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves...) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) November 18, 2017
No.— The Boogie Knight Returns (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 18, 2017
No no no no no no DAMNIT.
There’s only been a handful of “True Rhythm” players that have walked this earth!! Malcolm, in my opinion was the Absolute..God Bless You Sir!! Here’s to better places..— REX BROWN (@REJASFROMTEJAS) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcom Young!! https://t.co/LqS7LaoNno
RIP to the King of Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young. Thank you for your years of timeless music. We Salute you. @acdc— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young was a HUGE inspiration to myself and countless others. Thank you for the decades of incredible riffs. Thank you for leading me down the path of rock n roll. On behalf of the entire world, THANK YOU FOR AC/DC— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) November 18, 2017
A proper legend. Have a beautiful journey. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young.— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) November 18, 2017
My thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & everyone within the @acdc camp on the loss of the truly great #MalcomYoung. #ACDC has always been one of my favorite bands & Malcom will certainly be missed.— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
"..when I was a kid I wanted 2 things ... To be able to solo like SRV , And to be able to play… https://t.co/ZD62jPqKr8— Shinedown (@Shinedown) November 18, 2017
I was dreaming of Malcom Young when I was woken by a text message of his death. Malcom was the diesel that powered the locomotive that had such impact on me. I was lucky to have met him on a few occasions. He was always very nice. I’m happy he is at peace.— Scotti Hill (@ScottiHill) November 18, 2017
“Pick up your balls, and light up your cannon, for a 21 guns salute”— Brent Smith (@TheBrentSmith) November 18, 2017
We love you Sir... Thank you... for everything.
R.I.P. Malcom Young https://t.co/n2in1CAfhX
Sad news today. Another legend gone. Rip Malcolm Young. Rock On!! pic.twitter.com/TTgZlsQOTY— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) November 19, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young, like many others i was introduced to AC/DC by my parents when i was very young and i listened to their entire catalog on cassette constantly growing up. Undeniably set the standard for what hard rock music should be. He will be greatly missed.— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) November 18, 2017
All HAILS! Rest in Power riff Lord Malcom Young! SOLID player and a Rock n Roll Legend forever!… https://t.co/jZAwCXWAyk— Jesse Leach (@EyeAgainstI) November 18, 2017
Another great has moved on? Thank you for your musical contributions. For being an inspiration to so many. May you #rip #malcolmyoung #guitarist @acdc ?#rocklegends #rocknroll #godspeed https://t.co/bPdIEmrn2u pic.twitter.com/nnoBLs0ZKs— Marcos Curiel (@MarcosCuriel) November 18, 2017
I'm so shocked to hear about Malcolm today.— PeteWayOfficial (@PeteWayOfficial) November 18, 2017
We both grew up playing Rock N' Roll together and you, Bon and Angus... https://t.co/DIBDxIJLSZ
R.I.P. Malcolm Young— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) November 18, 2017
RIP to the great Malcolm Young. He was truly one of a kind and a gift to to us all with his… https://t.co/8UQBwX8gXL— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) November 18, 2017
Today we lost one of the true greats. Malcolm, your contribution to Rock ‘n Roll is… https://t.co/g5DeRTCaKM— Jason Hook (@jasonhook_5fdp) November 18, 2017
If anyone is wanting to learn guitar please listen to this. The world will be a better place. Thank you Malcolm. https://t.co/rPvcRTJCG0— Robert DeLeo (@STPRobertDeLeo) November 18, 2017
Isn't this where it started for so many of us learning rock guitar? 1 of my all time favorite rhythm players.— Robert DeLeo (@STPRobertDeLeo) November 18, 2017
RIP Mal pic.twitter.com/INyQueqxMm
Have a Drink on Me... RIP Malcolm Young! https://t.co/rbYfnQ9IuU— Rob Hammersmith (@RobHammersmith) November 18, 2017
So sad to hear about Malcolm Young. Absolute legend. RIP.— Justin Hawkins (@JustinHawkins) November 18, 2017
Malcolm was a good man. Always a kind hearted soul. finally recall when we took out AC/DC on their first American tour. It will be sadly missed. RIP. https://t.co/InQcTt6LDf— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 18, 2017
We just learned about the Passing of Malcolm Young...what a sad sad Day ....our sincere condolences go out to Angus, the Band and Malcolm's Family...RIP Malcolm...your riffs Rock on Forever....ScorpionsPosted by Scorpions on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Farewell Malcolm Young. One of the great riffmasters of all time, his loss sadly follows his and Angus’s older brother George - a ‘60s pop legend and also AC/DC’s original producer - who passed away last month almost to this day. Of the two onstage Young brothers, Malcolm was the quiet one, if not in volume, in terms of onstage antics. Like Alex Van Halen, he provided the fraternal foundation of which a great band was built upon and made it possible for his lead guitar playing brother to reach full potential - competing for the spotlight with charismatic singers (in Angus Young’s case, becoming the very mascot of the band) and becoming lead guitar personified for generations of listeners - yet always coming across as more than content as the supportive brother, never seeking undue attention and holding it down with dignity. Malcom had no distinctive outfit. Malcom had no signature stage moves. He didn’t need them. He had the riffs and he did them better than nearly anyone. Who else in heavy rock could play a Gretsch White Falcon - a guitar associated more with rockabilly (ie Brian Setzer) - and pull it off? For many of us, Malcom was our real life version of the fictitious “Guitar George” in Dire Straights’ The Sultans of Swing “He knows all the chords... he’s strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make them cry or sing” His riffs for AC/DC will go down in history alongside Jimmy Page’s for Led Zeppelin, Tony Iommi’s for Black Sabbath or anyone else’s. Malcom gave us many great measures of music and he will be missed immeasurably. RIP #ripmalcolmyoung #AC/DC #malcolmyoung
Malcolm had an intensely powerful, percussive and economic style of playing that made him the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. His uncanny ability to wring only the necessary notes out of his Gretsch was what made AC/DC - his riffs, feel and tone the soul of that band. What he means to me is unquantifiable. I am a rhythm guitarist because of Malcolm Young, he lives with me always and I hope to honor the man and his legacy every time I play. And now I’m going to crank Riff Raff and play along. My condolences to his family and friends. Cheers and RIP Malcolm Young. Tattoo by @thekatvond