Malcolm Young’s funeral was held on the 28th in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of people attend the ceremony held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, including his brother Angus Young, former bandmates Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Mark Evans, Angry Anderson’s Rose Tattoo and music industry executives.
The founding guitarist of AC / DC passed away on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.
Malcolm was described in the speeches as a “quiet, humble and discreet” subject, ABC reported. One of his guitars was taken to church and placed by Angus at his brother’s coffin, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.
And guitar picks with Malcolm’s birth and death date were distributed on the funeral program, and a bagpipe band played a medley of songs as the procession left the cathedral, including the solo of “It’s A Long Way To The Top “from AC / DC and traditional Australian songs.
Take a look at photos and videos:
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) November 28, 2017
The funeral of Malcolm Young from AC/DC in Sydney today. pic.twitter.com/dn5wjDom1G
— Janie Barrett (@janie_barrett) November 28, 2017
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 28, 2017
Angus Young waits to place a guitar in the hearse as they load the casket of his brother @acdc co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young following his funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, today. https://t.co/w0oLGlSkfZ #PicoftheDay pic.twitter.com/5lm0EMxKQr
— AAP Multimedia (@aap_multimedia) November 28, 2017
— 101.7 WSFM (@WSFM1017) November 28, 2017
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) November 28, 2017
Life and career
One of eight children of Scottish couple William and Margaret Young, Malcolm Mitchell Young was born in Glasgow on 6 January 1953. In 1963, he emigrated from Scotland to Australia, settling in Sydney with his parents, brothers George and Angus, and older sister Margaret. His older brother, Alex, remained in Scotland and later formed the London-based group Grapefruit. His oldest brother Stephen was the father of his future AC/DC replacement Stevie Young.
The musician and songwriter was best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring in 2014 for health reasons. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Though his younger brother Angus is the more visible of the brothers, Malcolm was described as the driving force and the leader of the band. In 2014, he stated that despite his retirement from the band, AC/DC was determined to continue making music with his blessing.
As the rhythm guitarist, he was responsible for the broad sweep of the band’s sound, developing many of their guitar riffs and co-writing the band’s material with Angus. He was married to Linda Young and had two children, Cara and Ross.
Young took a leave of absence from AC/DC in April 2014, to receive treatment for dementia. In September 2014, the band’s management announced that he would be retiring permanently.
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