One of rock's all time great rhythm guitar players, Malcolm Young, died earlier today at the age of 64. He had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.
In bluegrass world, we appreciate what rhythm guitarists do. If they can impress with lead breaks, and today many can, so much the better. But the rhythm guitar in our world is the glue that holds the whole thing together, and we understand that.
In rock, it's the lead players who get all the glory - and it seems that few recognize how important the rhythm players are. Young Young was among a tiny handful of the best of these. You might not like AC/DC's music, but you can't argue with the fact that they were - and remain - one of the most successful rock bands of all time. And I rather doubt that anyone in the northern hemisphere would have ever heard of the band without him.
He was the driving force, R.I.P.
It's a sad day for the rock world. On reflection, it's been a sad year for the music world in general. Many enjoyable hours were spent as a young'un learning AC/DC tunes. Even though Angus and Malcolm's nephew Stephen has been handling the rhythm duties for some time now, I can't imagine Angus will keep it going much longer. I hope I'm wrong...R.I.P. Malcolm.
I just read that on the news...sad..not very old either..i always did like acca dacca..my intro to their stuff actually came with the release of maximum overdrive..lol..i recall thinkin to myself..those tunes would make a great album...D'OHH!
He had style, and I imagine that he packed a lot of life into the years that he had. A true original, and that is rare.
Definitely one of the greatest rock bands ever, and Malcolm contributed alot to that success. I was in High School during Highway to Hell, Back in Black, and For Those About to Rock albums and their music was so incredibly captivating at the time...you couldn't not like their music. He left a legacy for sure.