Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist of AC/DC, died - Here

Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist of AC/DC, died - Here

Today, Angus Young shared a letter on the AC/DC website that read in part: "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted". "As a brother, it is hard for me to say with words what he has meant in my life".

It's been a hard time for the family, as they lost their brother George in October, Rolling Stone reports. It was later revealed he had been diagnosed for dementia.

The Young brothers were born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived there until the early '60s when the family emigrated to Sydney, Australia. The brothers, who were born in Glasgow, Scotland (Malcolm on January 6, 1953), had emigrated to Australia with their family when Malcolm was aged 10 and Angus was 12 years old. He founded AC/DC late in 1973, with Angus joining the line-up soon afterwards, and after various line-up changes. they made their album debut with High Voltage, released in Australia in March 1975. Within three years and with vocalist Bon Scott as its frontman, AC/DC had become one of Australia's top acts, with two albums (High Voltage and T.N.T) under its belt, and the group moved to London to pursue worldwide fame. Thank goodness and the rock gods that that's the only thing he ever did peacefully - and that he played the guitar as though peace were a foreign concept indeed. In its materials, the Hall of Fame called the band's music "scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals". The band's original lead singer, Bon Scott, died in 1980.

Its influence on the burgeoning heavy metal scene of the 1980s can't be understated - their songs have been covered by hundreds of artists including Guns N' Roses, whose Axl Rose filled in for Johnson on a 2016 AC/DC tour - but less obvious was the influence it had on other forms of music.

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AC/DC also paid tribute via their Facebook page.

After "Back in Black", the band eased into a global superstardom that would continue for the next three decades. Cassidy, 67, who became a teen idol as the star of the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, said in February that he was suffering from dementia.

He was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band's last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.

"It is a sad day in rock and roll", wrote guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

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