Malcolm Young was the backbone of one of the greatest bands of all time, so it’s not shocking that many people throughout the rock world paid tribute to the iconic rhythm guitarist.
Here’s just a sample of the posts from social media saluting Young.
It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) November 18, 2017
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 18, 2017
Sad news about Malcolm Young. Dementia is such a horrible disease. pic.twitter.com/hpjrlffVLX
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) November 18, 2017
The driving engine of AC/DC has died.A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP. https://t.co/cJe1Xr17IA
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) November 18, 2017
"I’m sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. It was great to get the opportunity to open for AC/DC on the Highway To Hell tour & we certainly learned a thing or two. He was an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off. RIP Malcolm, say hi to Bon." - Joe
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) November 18, 2017
No. No no no no no no DAMNIT. ???????? https://t.co/K3l9pejeic
I don't think anybody would debate me when I say that #MalcolmYoung was the greatest rhythm guitar player of all time. And one of the best riff writers in rock history. @acdc is the GREATEST rock n roll band ever and Malcolm was the driving force behind them. Thanks for everything Mal.... we salute you. #RIPMalcolmYoung
6,445 Likes, 75 Comments - Chris Jericho (@chrisjerichofozzy) on Instagram: "I don't think anybody would debate me when I say that #MalcolmYoung was the greatest rhythm guitar..."
RIP Malcolm Young. Thank you for showing us how to rock, for giving us so much incredible music. A cornerstone of AC/DC and rock n' roll itself has been lost.
422 Likes, 7 Comments - Rock On The Range (@rockontherange) on Instagram: "RIP Malcolm Young. Thank you for showing us how to rock, for giving us so much incredible music. A..."
So sad waking up to the news of Malcolm Young's passing! There was never a greater rhythm guitar player! Rest In Peace Mr Young ???????? You will be missed! #RIP
We are sad to report that the legendary Malcolm Young of @acdc has passed away. Our thoughts are with Angus and the Young family. #ThankYouMal
RIP Malcolm Young, co-founder Of the greatest Rock n Roll band ever.
Malcolm Young built more than a rock band. It was a colossus of world culture. RIP
AC/DC - Highway to Hell (Official Video) https://t.co/YYsfdFgk8R via @YouTube
I have to go...I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this...
It’s sad to hear of Malcolm Young’s passing. He was the heart, soul, & velvet hammer of AC/DC. We’ll definitely miss him. pic.twitter.com/L7hWurwqH2
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young! That killer rhythm was all his and pure rock!
— marc maron (@marcmaron) November 18, 2017
— WWE (@WWE) November 18, 2017
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 18, 2017
Wow...just got off stage here in Brisbane Australia (of all places) to the shocking news of Malcolm Young's passing. So sad...one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time. (James Hetfield and Scott Ian would be the 1st to say so themselves...) #RIPMalcolmYoung pic.twitter.com/qZXHIMpktF
— Mike Portnoy ???? (@MikePortnoy) November 18, 2017
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans...Great Guy ...A Pleasure To Know...Truly Missed, Malcolm...XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017
Sincerest condolences going out to the Young family today. Malcolm Young sadly passing too soon. Love ya Angus! pic.twitter.com/a3naL0CvdA
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) November 18, 2017
While most of the world goes on with the day, many of us are mourning the loss of the great #malcolmyoung . I can’t tell you how much joy he and @acdc have brought me. This is a legend, a real legend.lets all remember him not just today but every day ???? Mal Rules!! pic.twitter.com/22vGOLfKBz
— Charlie Benante (@skisum) November 18, 2017
— WARRANT (@warrantrocks) November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Malcolm Young. I grew up on AC⚡️DC and always admired his playing. RIP and Godspeed my friend???? pic.twitter.com/f1ztks77xr
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs...
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) November 18, 2017
R.I.P. Malcolm Young
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) November 18, 2017
Just landed in Paris and heard about Malcolm Young passing away. He was the reason I wanted to play rhythm guitar. Toured with him and he was genuinely lovely. The world has lost a true champion.
— Ginger Wildheart (@GingerWildheart) November 18, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Young. I have so many fond memories of him from my days on the road with AC/DC.
I always found him interesting and good company and he was the heart and engine of that great AC/DC show. My condolences to his family and AC/DC fans.❤️ pic.twitter.com/gIIU9dcinG
— Bernie Marsden (@Bernie_Marsden) November 18, 2017
We are deeply saddened to have heard the news of the passing of Malcolm Young from AC/DC. Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere. Rock In Peace, Malcolm. Hope we see you up there. Love Dropkick Murphys pic.twitter.com/qCWxmjmKEQ
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) November 18, 2017
“Pick up your balls, and light up your cannon, for a 21 guns salute”
We love you Sir... Thank you... for everything.
R.I.P. Malcom Young https://t.co/n2in1CAfhX
— Brent Smith (@TheBrentSmith) November 18, 2017
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) November 18, 2017
Today we lost one of the true greats. Malcolm, your contribution to Rock ‘n Roll is… https://t.co/g5DeRTCaKM
— Jason Hook (@jasonhook_5fdp) November 18, 2017
If anyone is wanting to learn guitar please listen to this. The world will be a better place. Thank you Malcolm. https://t.co/rPvcRTJCG0
— Robert DeLeo (@STPRobertDeLeo) November 18, 2017
Isn't this where it started for so many of us learning rock guitar? 1 of my all time favorite rhythm players.
RIP Mal pic.twitter.com/INyQueqxMm
— Robert DeLeo (@STPRobertDeLeo) November 18, 2017
Malcolm had an intensely powerful, percussive and economic style of playing that made him the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. His uncanny ability to wring only the necessary notes out of his Gretsch was what made AC/DC - his riffs, feel and tone the soul of that band. What he means to me is unquantifiable. I am a rhythm guitarist because of Malcolm Young, he lives with me always and I hope to honor the man and his legacy every time I play. And now I’m going to crank Riff Raff and play along. My condolences to his family and friends. Cheers and RIP Malcolm Young. Tattoo by @thekatvond
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 18, 2017
I’m sorry to hear about Malcolm Young, a fine player. pic.twitter.com/nxlxTrEZIS
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) November 18, 2017
— Disturbed (@Disturbed) November 18, 2017
GOD BLESS MALCOLM YOUNG - 1953 - 2O17 tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/kZxtl4uG6L
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) November 18, 2017
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.