Brian Johnson has shared various memories, etc. of the late Malcolm Young in a new article on rollingstone.com. You can read a couple of excerpts below.
Johnson said the following:
Malcolm gave rock and roll a fist. He’d give it a kick in the ass. People always used to ask Mal, ‘How do you get that sound, man?’ Malcolm either wouldn’t tell them or just really couldn’t explain it. He would just go, ‘We just play.’ I used to stand next to him at the end of ‘Let There Be Rock’, where there is a big huge build at the end and it builds and builds. Malcolm would go through two guitar picks during that one song. He would wear them down. He was the most precise guitarist.”
He later added the following about the various tributes:
“Malcolm would have been absolutely stunned at the outpouring of tributes and grief. He didn’t think of himself in that way, that he was great and all that. I learned the team spirit from Malcolm. You are just a cog in a well-oiled machine. If we all pulled together at the same time, you get this amazing thing happening. And it worked, you know. Mal is not here anymore, but if I ever have a problem, I stop and go, ‘What would Mal do?’ He just always seemed to do the right thing.
Head to rollingstone.com for more. On another note, Johnson also mentioned that he has undergone nine operations for the hearing issues that led to his departure from AC/DC about a year ago.
According to News.com.au, AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young’s funeral will be held in Sydney, Australia on November 28, the same day as Australia’s Aria Awards, which is the country’s annual celebration of music. Young sadly passed away at the age of 64 on November 18. He had been battling dementia for at least three years. R.I.P.
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson has penned a tribute for the late Malcolm Young, which you can read below. The vocalist performed alongside the legendary guitarist from 1980, until Young exited the group in 2014.
Here’s Johnson’s full statement:
I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can’t believe he’s gone.
We had such great times on the road.
I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he.
I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated…. as we all are.
He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.
He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that.
He was the man who created AC/DC because he said “there was no Rock,n,Roll” out there.
I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much.
I salute you, Malcolm Young.
AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has sadly passed away at the age of 64. He had been battling dementia for at least three years. R.I.P.
The following statement was issued:
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.
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.
As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.
He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
Malcolm, job well done.”
George Young, the older brother of AC/DC‘s Angus Young and Malcolm Young, and the co-producer of the band’s first five albums “High Voltage“, “T.N.T.“, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“, “Let There Be Rock”, and “Powerage“ has passed away at the age of 70. Young served as a mentor to his younger brothers and also performed in The Easybeats.
“It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.
As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.
As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.”
AC/DC legend Brian Johnson was ended up rolling a vintage Austin A35 during a qualifying race at the Silverstone Classic in England. The extent of his injuries are unknown, but they are assumed to be minor. You can see some photos in the below tweet, and head to motorsport.com for more.
As previously reported, AC/DC’s last show with bassist Cliff Williams took place last night (September 20) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Check out some fan filmed footage of the band performing their closing track “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),” complete with Angus Young saluting Williams as he heads to retirement.