The Classic Rock World Pays Tribute To Malcolm Young

AC/DC has always been one of my favorite rock bands, and Malcolm Young is to me the greatest rock rhythm guitarist in history. 

Many rockers took to social media this weekend to post reactions to the death of founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young of dementia on Saturday at age 64. Here are some of the reactions:

Eddie Van Halen: "It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends."

Lars Ulrich of Metallica: "Malcolm. Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack of my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring. RIP."

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana:  “Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you.”

Slash of Guns N’ Roses: “This is a monumentally sad day in Rock n Roll. RIP #MalcomYoung Take a moment of silence in his…”

Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses: “Sincerest condolences going out to the Young family today. Malcolm Young sadly passing too soon. Love ya Angus!”

Ozzy Osbourne: "So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless @ACDC."

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath: “I’m sorry to hear about Malcolm Young, a fine player.”

Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath: “Sad news about Malcolm Young. Dementia is such a horrible disease.”

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard: "I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on theHighway to Helltour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon."

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Sixx:AM: “Heavy heart hearing of Malcolm Young’s passing. Not only did he co- found one of the greatest bands in the world he co-wrote the songs that inspired many of us to wanna be in a band. Condolences to his whole family, bandmates and fans RIP bad ass.”

Joe Walsh of the Eagles: "...He was and always will be one of the top 10 greatest. My heart goes out to the entire AC/DC family."

Brian May of Queen: “Feeling very sad about Malcolm Young. Without a doubt one of Rock's greatest ever rhythm guitarists, and also pivotal writer, creator, icon. Condolences to his family and his friends. What a loss to the world. God Bless.”

Paul Stanley of KISS: “The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP."

Dave Evans (original AC/DC singer): "It is with sadness that I report the death of Malcolm Young, my former AC/DC bandmate and a brother founding member. May he rest in peace."

David Coverdale of Whitesnake: “Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans...Great Guy ...A Pleasure To Know...Truly Missed, Malcolm...XX"

Scott Ian of Anthrax: "Malcolm had an intensely powerful, percussive and economic style of playing that made him the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. His uncanny ability to wring only the necessary notes out of his Gretsch was what made AC/DC - his riffs, feel and tone the soul of that band. What he means to me is unquantifiable. I am a rhythm guitarist because of Malcolm Young, he lives with me always and I hope to honor the man and his legacy every time I play. And now I’m going to crank Riff Raff and play along. My condolences to his family and friends. Cheers and RIP Malcolm Young.”

Charlie Benante of Anthrax: “While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day Mal Rules!! “

Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage and Rage Against the Machine: “Rest in rock power AC/DC's #MalcolmYoung, #1 greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll. THANKYOU for everything.”

Bret Michaels of Poison: “My thoughts, prayers & deepest condolences go out to the family, friends & everyone within the @acdc camp on the loss of the truly great #MalcomYoung. #ACDC has always been one of my favorite bands & Malcom will certainly be missed.”

Julian Lennon: “Sad to hear of Malcom's passing...AC/DC were the first band I ever went to see LIVE...(With Bon Scott)"

Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour: “No. No no no no no no DAMNIT.”

Rex Brown of Pantera“There’s only been a handful of 'True Rhythm' players that have walked this earth!! Malcolm, in my opinion was the absolute…God. Bless You Sir!! Here’s to better places...RIP Malcom Young!!”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth: “Malcolm is gone, and although his music lives on, there are no words to express this sadness. Bittersweet as it is, I’m happy he’s free from the dementia and in Heaven with Bon and his brother George. I owe so much to Malcolm Young...”

Nickelback: “Rest well, Malcolm. We salute you.”

Sebastian Bach: “I got to shoot the [crap] & drink some beers w Malcom Young at the Paradiso in Amsterdam back in 1991 or 92. We laughed & had a great time. That I will never forget. Time for @acdc #vinyl session 4 those about 2 rock WE SALUTE U Malcom Young #RIP.”

Tom Kiefer of Cinderella: "This man inspired more rock & roll than the world will ever be able to measure. His infectious crunching riffs, iconic Gretsch and Marshall made him one of a kind. The epitome of true, badass rock & roll. Thank you for the inspiration.”

Clint Lowery of Sevendust: “Malcom Young. I spent so many childhood days pretending to be you in my bedroom, air guitar, staring at your posters. Thank you for your contribution to rock and roll.”

Disturbed: "No words...just tears. Rest in Power Malcolm Young."

Chris Jericho of Fozzy: “There’s no debate that #Malcolm Young was the greatest rhythm guitar player and riff writer ever.”

Frank Turner: “Very sad to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing. 'Highway To Hell' was the first song I played in a band. An absolute master of his craft. RIP.”

Zac Brown Band: “It’s sad to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing. He was the heart, soul, & velvet hammer of AC/DC. We’ll definitely miss him.”

Cheap Trick paid tribute to Young at their show in Port Chester, New York Saturday night with a performance of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” that flowed into Trick’s own similar-sounding “Long Time Coming.”


Guns N' Roses paid tribute to Young in Sacramento, California by first dedicating "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" to him and then performing AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie."

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