Malcolm Young of AC/DC would have been 71 on January 6th and we remember him in today’s blog.
Born in Glasgow in 1953, Malcolm and his family left Scotland for a new life in Australia in 1963. After a period spent in a migrant hostel they settled in the Sydney suburb of Burwood.
Malcolm, playing lead guitar, and his younger brother Angus, on rhythm guitar, founded AC/DC in 1973. After four years building their reputation in Australia the band moved to Europe in 1977 and toured the continent with Black Sabbath.
Although Angus was the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm was undoubtedly the driving force in the band until he retired in 2014 due to ill health. In the intervening years he and the band toured the world with few breaks, although he did miss the 1988 Blow Up Your Video world tour to address alcohol abuse issues.
Rolling Stone magazine named Malcolm as the 38th best guitarist of all time and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Malcolm played his last live AC/DC gig in June 2010 and died from the effects of dementia on November 18, 2017 aged 64.
On the day of his passing many of the biggest names in rock and metal sent out tributes including Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.
We celebrate Malcolm Young’s life with our two dedicated AC/DC stations.
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