The rock world was stunned this morning, learning of the death of AC/DC founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. Young was only 64 years old, but was battling dementia the last three years.
It did not take long for members of the rock community to speak out with tributes to this legendary rocker. Here are some we have tracked down across social media:
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) November 18, 2017
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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. Tattoo by @thekatvond
Sad news about Malcolm Young. Dementia is such a horrible disease. pic.twitter.com/hpjrlffVLX
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) November 18, 2017
No no no no no no DAMNIT.
— Corey Taylor (@CoreyTaylorRock) November 18, 2017
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.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & 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." – Joe
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
A proper legend. Have a beautiful journey. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young.
— ıʞsʍoʞnq uıdoɥɔ (@MinaCaputo) November 18, 2017
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!! pic.twitter.com/22vGOLfKBz
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017
“If I could be any other musician in the world, it would have been Malcolm Young in AC/DC – laying it down on the Gretsch, standing in the back, only moving up to the mic when it was time to do the back-up vocals…” – Dave Grohl, 2017.#MalcolmYoung
— Foo Fighters Archive (@FooArchive) November 18, 2017
Wow…just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad…one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves…) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF
— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
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I don’t think anybody would debate me when I say that #MalcolmYoung was the greatest rhythm guitar player of all time. And one of the best riff writers in rock history. @acdc is the GREATEST rock n roll band ever and Malcolm was the driving force behind them. Thanks for everything Mal…. we salute you. #RIPMalcolmYoung
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Farewell Malcolm Young. One of the great riffmasters of all time, his loss sadly follows his and Angus’s older brother George – a ‘60s pop legend and also AC/DC’s original producer – who passed away last month almost to this day. Of the two onstage Young brothers, Malcolm was the quiet one, if not in volume, in terms of onstage antics. Like Alex Van Halen, he provided the fraternal foundation of which a great band was built upon and made it possible for his lead guitar playing brother to reach full potential – competing for the spotlight with charismatic singers (in Angus Young’s case, becoming the very mascot of the band) and becoming lead guitar personified for generations of listeners – yet always coming across as more than content as the supportive brother, never seeking undue attention and holding it down with dignity. Malcom had no distinctive outfit. Malcom had no signature stage moves. He didn’t need them. He had the riffs and he did them better than nearly anyone. Who else in heavy rock could play a Gretsch White Falcon – a guitar associated more with rockabilly (ie Brian Setzer) – and pull it off? For many of us, Malcom was our real life version of the fictitious “Guitar George” in Dire Straights’ The Sultans of Swing “He knows all the chords… he’s strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make them cry or sing” His riffs for AC/DC will go down in history alongside Jimmy Page’s for Led Zeppelin, Tony Iommi’s for Black Sabbath or anyone else’s. Malcom gave us many great measures of music and he will be missed immeasurably. RIP #ripmalcolmyoung #AC/DC #malcolmyoung (pic by Ross Halfin)
Such sad news, RIP Malcolm Young. We Salute You! @acdc
— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) November 18, 2017
— Robert Caggiano (@RobCaggiano) November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend? pic.twitter.com/f1ztks77xr
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017
— Andreas Kisser (@andreaskisser) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young.
— Kreator (@kreator) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs…
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans…Great Guy …A Pleasure To Know…Truly Missed, Malcolm…XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young ? pic.twitter.com/7kHpkg6DK9
— Garbage (@garbage) November 18, 2017
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— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.
— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) November 18, 2017
RIP to the King of Rhythm Guitarist Malcolm Young. Thank you for your years of timeless music. We Salute you. @acdc
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcom Young!!! https://t.co/efsineMM9s
— Jason Bittner (@jbittnerdrums) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm AC⚡️DC pic.twitter.com/ot8tozk6WD
— STEPHEN E PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) November 18, 2017