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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.

Lemmy was Motörhead who lives on in the hearts of everyone..

Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (Dec 24), learned two days later that he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later, on Monday (Dec 28) at his home in Los Angeles. On 28th of December 2015, Motorhead posted the following statement via their official Facebook page:

“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.  

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
1945 -2015
Born to lose, lived to win.”

MOTORHEAD-FRANK-WHITE--AUG-6-08-CAMDEN-NJ-12_WEBIt was hard to believe but that was right, Lemmy, the founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has passed away at the age of 70. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister (24 Dec 1945 – 28 Dec 2015) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was a distinctive part of the heavy metal genre. He was influenced by rock and roll and the early Beatles, which led to him playing in several rock groups in the 1960s, most significantly the Rockin’ Vickers. He worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing lead on their hit “Silver Machine”.The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades. Motörhead’s loud, fast style was a pioneering force in heavy metal with Lemmy’s vocal growl and aggressive bass playing.

Speaking to Sweden’s Expressen, drummer Mikkey Dee said:
”Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. But the band will live on in the memories of many.We won’t be doing any more tours or anything. And there won’t be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone.”

Over the years as guitarists and drummers changed through Motörhead’s lineup, Lemmy remained as the heart of the machine. The legendary rock band put in a total of 40 years, with Lemmy at the helm the entire time. On Dec. 11, Motorhead concluded their 40th anniversary tour with a show in Berlin. As usual, Motorhead’s set was capped off by “Overkill”.

“He was terribly gaunt, he spent all his energy on stage and afterwards he was very, very tired. It’s incredible that he could even play, that he could finish the Europe tour. It was only 20 days ago. Unbelievable. It feels fantastic that we were able to complete the tour with him. It’s heartening that we didn’t cancel because of Lemmy.I’m incredibly grateful over the years we had, and that we had such a good time together.”

Lemmy had recently bested a nasty lung infection, which caused Motorhead to cancel a number of shows, some mid-performance. However, he mustered up the strength to complete the tour, proving his unwavering commitment to entertaining his fans. Lemmy refused to lose and was able to finish the 40th anniversary tour. Legends will never die as Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi mentioned in his statement:

“Very sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Lemmy. He gave so much to the music business and was totally dedicated to his fans. His legend will never die. His life was all about the music, being on stage and a giving pleasure to others.

“Rest in peace, Lemmy. You’ll be greatly missed.”