Malcolm Young, Whose Guitar Riffs Helped Propel AC/DC to Fame, Dies at 64


“You need to entertain” during a live performance, Malcolm Young said in an interview posted on YouTube, so that the audience always knows that “something’s going to happen on that stage tonight.”

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

“AC/DC’s music and approach had a worn-in, scruffy vibe that stood in stark contrast to the pretentiousness suffusing much rock music at the time,” the Hall of Fame website said.

AC/DC has sold more than 72 million albums in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2016, the band was still packing arenas full of fans wearing devil horns for the “Rock or Bust” world tour, and belting out hits like “Hells Bells” and “Highway to Hell.” Angus Young was the only original member of AC/DC still performing that year.

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From left, members of AC/DC: Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Phil Rudd.

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Malcolm Young’s last performance with the band was in 2010 in Bilbao, Spain. At the time, he was having cognitive problems but decided to keep performing during the tour, oftentimes having to relearn guitar parts that he had written, Rolling Stone reported. Mr. Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, replaced his uncle in 2014.