AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Dies At Age 64

Rolling Stone reports:

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

AC/DC has sold 200 million albums worldwide. Their 1980 classic Back In Black stands as the second-greatest selling album of all time behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I did not become a fan until my late 40’s when I started drumming. Its sad when we reach the age when our favorite people start dying off.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      I understand what you are writing, but I started losing some favorite people in the 1980s.

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    • Kenster999

      Drummer, yay!

  • BearEyes

    Never was a fan of AC/DC, but I have seen dementia first hand with my grandmother. I hope he is at peace now.

  • Tomcat

    Rest in peace we will be along later.

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      And when we get there, let’s hope he has a band assembled for a welcome party!

      • David Walker

        Somebody else quoted “If there’s a rock n roll heaven, there’s gonna be a helluva band.” I look forward to that. I mean, if it doesn’t happen, who’d know? But what a dollop of whipped cream if it were true.

  • Scott MB

    RIP to a great guitarist and man. You will live on forever in your music and our hearts. Thank you for the joy you brought into my life as well as helping me through the toughest times in my life. You will be missed!!!

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      Here’s an amazing video of Highway to Hell back in 2009. Look at the crowd interaction/reaction. This is what all rock concerts should aspire to achieve. In my experience, the best rock concerts require a full day for a complete recovery, even if you remain stone-cold sober.

      Great job Malcom, your work continues to bring great joy.

      • David Walker

        Wow. Sweet Jesus that was good. I was always scared of crowds until it came to something like this…there were so many people, none of them remotely giving a fuck about me, just there for a great time with the music…and so was I. Fuck, yeah!

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    64 is really young for full blown dementia. Gosh rockers die young.

    • Natty Enquirer

      “Live fast. Die young. Leave a beautiful corpse.”

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        I’m soo far behind schedule.

    • KevInPDX

      Early onset. Unfortunately it happens.

    • Goodboy

      They do say that drug abuse can produce Parkinson’s disease later on in life so I imagine Dementia is equally possible.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        My dad. in his 30s 40’s and 50’s who died of parkinsons drank mylanta constantly for heartburn. Ive always thought there might be a connection because of the aluminum content in some antacids.

      • Stuart ArtFart

        Yes, what you imagine MUST be the truth. Just ignore all scientfic evidence to the contrary…

        RIP, Malcolm Young.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Dementia at 61. That’s scary.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Try 48. That was my father.

  • ChrisMorley
  • jruffdc

    Awww. I saw them in 1985 (first rock concert for me) and again in 1987, I think. They were really good! I can’t stand their lead singer though. Bon Scott was the best singer they had. I miss being a teenager in the 80s (a little). Of course, the best heavy metal performance I ever witnessed was the Scorpions!!!! OMG, they were un-fucking-believable. They made Van Halen look like a wedding band.

    • Goodboy

      Ha. Upvoting not because I agree (I love Van Halen) with you but for the great 80’s nostalgia. I miss it too. Young, dumb, and full of cum.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Sad to hear. I’ve been a fan for decades and my father had dementia before he passes last year so I know how tough it is in the family.

  • Todd20036

    I wouldn’t recommend dementia on anyone.

    64 is not old. Not even close.

    • Silver Badger

      When the mind goes, it is time to leave.

      • Goodboy

        Robin Williams said the same thing.

      • David Walker

        Simon and Garfunkel:

        Time it was
        And what a time it was, it was
        A time of innocence
        A time of confidences

        Long ago it must be
        I have a photograph
        Preserve your memories
        They’re all that’s left you.

        • Jwmvh

          One of my favorites. Bookends!

    • Goodboy

      My mom got it 5 years ago and now can’t talk and I’m not sure she recognizes me anymore. I didn’t realize it happens so fast.

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        I’m so sorry you’re going through this
        It quite literally is hell for the family. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s with an MRI and spent ten years slowly fading. The damned disease takes them away one small piece at a time, and every time you see them another part is gone. She finally died when the disease destroyed her involuntary body functions. It was like someone was dimming the lights so slowy until it was finally dark.

        I’ve told my family that if I’m diagnosed and there’s no available cure, I’m cashing out all but the necessities and taking a global tour with whatever cash I have and making arrangements to end the thing before life becomes as frightening and confusing as it was for my mom. I won’t put my brothers through that.

        • David Walker

          Dr. Kevorkian was a hero to many of us. Yeah, yeah, the possibilities of abuse and on and on and on. Nevertheless, we make decisions about life in pain or death for our four-legged friends. It’s horrible to go through, but we know it’s for the best, a final act of kindness. Why can’t be as humane to humans?

          • licuado de platano

            The Hemlock Society has DIY instructions.

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            Thank you. I think I’ve heard of them, and I’ll bookmark it for future reference.

            Residents of Oregon also have the opportunity to investigate legal means to end suffering as well. A move west may be in my future one day.

        • Goodboy

          I agree. Plus, many of us just don’t have a strong support network like family so your life will be a living hell. Much better to just have one last party and lights out.

          • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

            I don’t know about my brothers, but were we to do anything differently, I would have reccomended NOT taking Aricept. Its only benefit was to delay the inevitable. It did nothing to improve mental clarity. All it did was to decelerate the progression of the disease with no quality of life improvement. It also made my dad’s life hell as he struggled as Mom’s caretaker. The stress triggered massive strokes that left him devastated and took his life a year before she died. We had two funerals in two years.

      • Niblet58

        It can be much slower. My husband’s grandmother lingered for 10 years with it. ME I will eat lead before I go through dying like that.

        • Goodboy

          Looks like David Cassidy is coming up next. He’s got dementia too.

          “David Cassidy Hospitalized in Critical Condition With Organ Failure. In an appearance on “Dr. Phil” shortly thereafter, Cassidy told his son,”I want you to promise me you’ll find a way to let me go and don’t let me live like that,” so that the singer doesn’t succumb to the disease like his mother did”.

  • TheManicMechanic

    AC/DC didn’t take themselves too seriously, it was butt rock with a sense of humor, a party atmosphere and they knew how to rock the fucking house. I wrote this on my way deep into Pennsyltucky with my hubby and his dad to visit my mom-in-law for an early Thanksgiving dinner. She’s been in a nursing home for several years now as dementia has been robbing her of her facilities. It is very saddening to watch this woman go from the boisterous, independent, and kind soul to a helpless shell of her former self. Dementia is a horrible disease. I hope Malcolm has found his peace. Though, as the old song goes, if there is indeed a rock and roll heaven, that hell of a band is warming up once more and are about to rock.

    • DonnaLee

      After hearing years ago about his condition, I’m glad it’s finally over for him and his family. RIP Malcolm, and I hope Angus stays strong and keeps rocking.

      • TheManicMechanic

        There really isn’t any better outcome than to die peacefully. I’ve seen people succumb to the disease in different ways. My mother in law has so far been quite peaceful. Some folks become terrified and live a good part of their remaining days in sheer terror or extreme sadness or pain. It’s a terrible disease.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Sad his life ended so early. They made hard rock music that everyone knows and sold like pop music. I mean who doesn’t know the chorus to Highway to Hell? And how many of us haven’t snickered at Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, or You Shook Me All Night Long? (I always change the pronouns from “she” to “he” though) 😏

    ‘Cuz the walls were shakin’
    the earth was quakin’
    my mind was achin’
    And we were makin’ it.
    And You…
    Shook me all night long.

    RIP Malcom, and cheers to a life lived fully, and with gusto!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I won’t lie. I hate when people who actually entertain people w/o hurting people (that I know of) die while people who feed into people’s basest desires continue to live: Pat Robertson, that Houston preacher who had to be shamed into opening his doors . . .

    • AlternativeQuacks

      I get what you mean, but the way you wrote your comment, it almost sounds like you’re saying that religion (or at least the TV form of it, “televangelism”) is really a form of entertainment.

      Which I find a fascinating concept that should be explored more.

      • Niblet58

        Of course it is entertainment, it always has been esp in areas where there isn’t much else going on and the rules in place restrict your ability to enjoy other things (Blue Laws).

      • David Walker

        Oh, I think it is. Why watch if you’re not already “saved”? You keep paying to support god’s work, which is to keep the telescamgelist in the money and to keep coming up with daily sequels. If it were a soap opera, that would get kind of boring, but the daily reinforcement of talking hate and fear and derision…priceless. So you also pay the scam preacher guy with more money than you can afford. It’s for god, of course…but it’s also to keep the show on the air.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        IRS should treat religion as part of the entertainment industry.

      • I wouldn’t say it’s entertainment. Religion is a way of explaining the unknown and easing peoples’ fears of death. That doesn’t mean it’s true. I just don’t think that it’s ever going away, no matter how technologically advanced we become.

  • Captain Jack

    Big fan here…Just saw them last year, probably the most upbeat, fun concert that I have been to..
    It’s a sad day! For those about to Rock , We Salute you!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    In the 1970s I found the band’s name empowering and a poke in the eye to the generally homophobic public.

  • Robincho

    Rhyme me a meter,
    Sing me a song.
    Death will come soon
    To hush us along…

    • David Walker

      From A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete, Dying Young”

      Eyes the shady night has shut
      Cannot see the record cut,
      And silence sounds no worse than cheers
      After earth has stopped the ears.

      Now you will not swell the rout
      Of lads that wore their honours out,
      Runners whom renown outran
      And the name died before the man.

  • Lazycrockett
    • JWC

      Don’t bring this to Donny’sattention It will be his new claim to fame

  • buckguy

    Alzheimer’s used t refer to “presenile dementia”, meaning dementia in people 60 or less. It’s not a new thing. I always thought their music was unlistenable but it’s sad to imagine someone in late middle age losing control over their life.

    • DumbHairyApe

      I must have it. As an ape, I sometimes forget that I don’t have a prehensile tail.

  • JWC

    Is it me or have we lost an inordinant amount or performers this year

    • David Walker

      It’s not you, but I remember last year as being even worse. Plus the fucking moron wormed his way into the white house.

  • HZ81

    As a new wave art-fag high school outcast, I hung out with a lot of stoners who played me a lot of AC/DC. Unlike so many of the pop metal shit of the day, they had some pretty incredible songs, like Dirty Deeds (done dirt cheap), for example. And if you love rock and roll like Joan Jett and I do, they were ubiquitous to say the least—legendary.

    RIP. Malcom, and what a horrid way to go. You deserved better.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Alas another artistic light dims and fades…oh but how brightly it burned in its youth. Rest now Malcolm, you’ve earned your keep.

  • David Walker

    While the bands are totally different, I can’t help but post this, if only because it’s so universal. From the first time I heard it, I wondered if there’d be a bumper sticker with the chorus: “Music is the doctor of my soul.” If I were to have a funeral observance (specifically noted that I won’t ) I would want this played loudly enough so I could still hear it. Take it, Doobs…

  • Nic Peterson

    Another icon of my (sometimes) misspent youth is gone. Sigh.

  • JCF

    Highway to Heaven. RIP.

  • David Kerlick

    The attached ad was for kegel shorts. Hmmm.

  • e jerry powell

    Their 1980 classic Back In Black stands as the second-greatest selling album of all time behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

    A little confused. The Wikipedia source is sorting by claimed sales, where the RIAA counts by certified sales, and by certified sales, Back in Black trails not only Thriller, but The Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits 1 & 2, Led Zeppelin IV, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

  • Sturm 611

    He’s his way to the promised land…