Malcom Young: an Australian rock legend

21 November 2017

Malcom Young: an Australian rock legend

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It is with great sadness that I write this article about the loss of one of our music greats: Malcom Young.

You can’t mention Aussie music without AC/DC in mind. Malcom co-founded the band with his brother Angus and is responsible for many of their greatest hits and well-known riffs.

AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and hold a spot in the top five selling artists of all time in the US. I guess Rolling Stone Magazine’s Billy Altman got it wrong in 1976 when he wrote of the band’s hit album High Voltage:

Those concerned with the future of hard rock may take solace in knowing that with the release of the first U.S. album by these Australian gross-out champions, the genre has unquestionably hit its all-time low.

Selling out world tours and taking to the stage in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the AC/DC did not kill the rock genre (at least for me and millions of fans, anyway).

AC/DC is one of those bands that were constantly there in the early days of my life. When Matilda and I were young, our Dad would blare songs like “T.N.T” or “Highway To Hell” through the stereo, shaking the walls as we tried to sleep. Admittedly, it was annoying at the time. But I’d wake up with a smile on my face and the songs would be playing in my head for hours.

I remember a primary school friend of mine telling me that her Dad wanted to name her brother Accadacca, which speaks volumes about the love AC/DC has.

Unfortunately, I’ve never had a chance to see the band perform live – I can only imagine their brilliance. But looking at videos of their live performances, the audience is captivated. No one is on their phones or chatting, it’s as if the world has stopped.

For fans and fellow musicians,  Malcolm Young’s passing has been a hard hit. I can only imagine the heartbreak endured by his close friends and family.

I just wanted to say thanks, Malcom, for all the good times and pure passion. You’re an inspiration that will be treasured for decades to come.