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Farewell Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC has died. He was just 64. Malcolm had been suffering from dementia.

I'm so grateful I saw the band live when Malcolm was still able to perform with them. Do not wait to see your heroes!

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RIP Malcolm. Thanks for a major part of my teenage soundtrack and inspiration on the guitar. You were the QB of AC/DC and were responsible for a majority of the killer songs I’ve loved forever. Rock on brother 🤘
November 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary
"Do not wait to see your heroes!"

That's becoming more and more apparent. Luckily I've had the opportunity to see a lot of artists over the years. Unfortunately AC/DC was not one of them.

You never know if there will be a next time. I saw Pantera very early in their career. I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan months before he died. I finally saw Rush before they put an end to touring. I saw Bon Jovi for Sambora's next to last show with the band.

Tickets have gotten way expensive, but if you like a band and haven't seen them, don't expect there to be a next time. You just never know.
November 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTheCheapSeats
Unfortunately, I never got to see AC/DC with Malcolm. Only with his nephew on rhythm and Axl the last time they were out on tour.

He leaves a legacy of truly great songs, and his solid rhythm guitar work on AC/DC tracks allows Angus to freely play around his crunching, creating AC/DC's signature sound. Yes, they had a formula, but it worked to perfection for 40 years!

RIP Malcolm, a true rock hero.
November 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteverox
Hear, Hear, Cheap Seats:

AC/DC was on my bucketlist for the longest time. I finally got to see 'em a few years back (2008) up in Gary's neck of the woods in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
November 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Those power chords echo in my brain from way back in the early 80's I was 13 maybe when a friend introduced me to Highway to Hell and Back in Black. In some ways it changed my life. I managed to see them twice - Thank you for the great riffs R.I.P . Malcolm.
November 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShawn
10x with blessed Malcolm (RIP):

3x with Bon Scott - 1x off “Powerage” and 2x off “Highway to Hell”.

7x with Brian Johnson - 5x off “Back In Black”, 1x off “For Those About To Rock”, 1x off “Ballbreaker”

1x with Axl Rose and Steve Young in Malcolm’s place.

I’ll never forget my first exposure to AC/DC, hearing the “Let There Be Rock” album from start to finish on the eve of it’s release played on WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station, late on weeknight.

Then, just a few days later, I saw the album cover at a friend’s cousin’s house and listened to Side “A” again along with a side of Cheap Trick’s 1st album while we partied and promptly went out and bought both albums the next day.

Not long after, I saw this dude’s older brother’s band, Street Life, win a local Baltimore Radio Station’s “Battle of the Bands” contest by playing a fully metalized set consisting of the entire Sex Pistol’s “Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” album with the song, “Let There Be Rock” as the encore. Needless to say, those guys obliterated the competition.

After that, I bought every AC/DC album either the day it came out or nearly so. The first time I saw them live was November 1978 at Painter’s Mill Music Fair (since burned to the ground) in Owings Mills, Maryland. They opened for Savoy Brown but only played for 45 minutes. After they went off, the crowd screamed for an encore.

When we didn’t get it, people all around us started to boo and more than a dozen expressed their displeasure by ripping out some of the cushioned seats down front and threw them onstage. By the time Savoy Brown took the stage 2/3rds of the place had already left.

I’ll never forget noticing Malcolm Young all 10 times I was fortunate enough to see him play, relentlessly and diligently whipping the band into a frenzy with his brother Angus running and rolling around, even jumping into the audience piggybacking on Bon’s or Brian’s back. During it all, there was Malcolm, tiny little man in long hair, jeans, white T and Converse sneakers, sparking it all through his Gretch and Marshall stacks, the backbone to what some might classify as “THE Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time”!

p.s. Years later, I worked with an Australian who’s wife was the Nanny to Malcolm’s children. He told me Malcolm was THE nicest down to earth guy with a wonderful family, it was such a pleasure to work for them as they counted her and her husband as family, so much so, she kept nannying way past when she actually needed to financially. May The Metal Gods look down upon your soul as you join that amazing Band in Heaven with Hendrix and all the rest of your heroes! God Bless and God Speed Metal! \m/
November 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
RIP Mal. Part of a partnership that will never be duplicated.
November 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Wow! Those are some killer stories Metalboy!
My first exposure to AC/DC was listening to the entire Highway To Hell album when I was really young. Was one of the first albums I would constantly play front to back and never get tired of. It is a damn shame he had to suffer and go through what he did with his health and what others had to go through because it's obvious to say that his work alone brought joy to not only himself, his brother, and bandmates, but to millions of other fans worldwide that he influenced and inspired. Rest in peace Malcolm, thank you for all the great music.
November 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDj

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