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Remembering AC/DC’s Mastermind Malcolm Young!

Malcolm Mitchell Young (6 Jan 1953 – 18 Nov 2017) was a Scottish-Australian musician, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the rock’n roll band AC/DC. When it comes to AC/DC they are more than just a band, they are the creators of the modern high energy rock and roll. The Australian bands history goes back four decades and has sold more than 200 million albums. Malcolm was described as the driving force and the man behind the energetic rhythm of the band. He was instrumental in developing many of their guitar riffs and co-writing the band’s material with younger brother Angus Young.

Malcolm Young was 20 when he and younger brother Angus formed AC/DC in 1973. Prior to that they played in a band called Marcus Hook Roll Band and released an album in Australia called Tales of Old Grand Daddy. At AC/DC’s first lineup, Angus was on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar and Dave Evans on vocals. Interestingly they decided upon the name AC/DC after seeing the letters “AC/DC” on their sister’s sewing machine.

According to Rollingstones Malcolm once explained to a Dutch TV interviewer “There is very few rock & roll bands,There is rock bands, there is sort of metal bands, there is whatever, but there is no rock & roll bands – there is the Stones and us.” When asked about the difference between rock bands and rock & roll bands, he explained, “Rock bands don’t really swing …a lot of rock is stiff. They don’t understand the feel, the movement, you know, the jungle of it all.” Young’s style of playing was a demonstration of his words and was regarded as the best rhythm guitarist who has this natural ability to create the rock’n roll jungles.

On the contrary to a common belief of many rock guitarists, Guitar Player magazine has stated that the secret to Young’s guitar technique was playing open chords through a series of Marshall amplifiers, set to low volume with little or no gain. Young created many of the band’s signature guitar riffs. He was instrumental in establishing them as one of the biggest rock acts of all time through tracks such as Back in Black, Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long. At the conclusion of the Black Ice World Tour, Malcolm was diagnosed with lung cancer. Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC on tour in June 2010 at a concert in Bilbao, Spain. In 2014, AC/DC released a note stating that Young would be “taking a break from the band due to ill health”. He passed away on 18 November 2017 at the age of 64 after a long battle with dementia. “Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many” said AC/DC in a statement.

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Joins Muse, Electrifies Reading Festival

Brian Johnson made a surprise return to one of the world’s largest stages by performing “Back in Black”. The former AC/DC singer joined MUSE on stage Sunday night (27th August 2017) at the Reading Festival in England. The Reading Festival surprise was one of just a handful of performances Johnson has delivered since being forced to retire last year due to hearing problems. The crowd cheered every one of Johnson’s moves and sang along with the song’s famous guitar riff. After the song, a clearly thrilled Johnson declared, “That means a lot to me, thank you so much, thank you boys!”

During March 2016 AC/DC postponed the final ten dates of the Rock or Bust World Tour after doctors told Johnson, he faced a total loss of hearing if he did not stop touring immediately. On 16 April 2016, AC/DC released a statement announcing the addition of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose as the band’s lead vocalist for the remainder of their 2016 tour dates. The tour was completed with GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist” and Johnson apparently not returning to the group.

On 19 April 2016, Johnson officially acknowledged his ongoing hearing difficulties but stated his intentions to continue recording and potentially resume touring.He also thanked Angus Young and Cliff Williams for their support during his AC/DC tenure.