Metal and Rock Celebrities React to the Death of Malcolm Young


The world was heartbroken this morning by the news that Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has passed away at age 64. Unsurprisingly, notable members of the metal and rock community have taken to social media to share their thoughts. You can read some of those thoughts below. We’ll continue to update this post as more tributes come in.

Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage)

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Paul Stanley (KISS)

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)


Alex Skolnick (Testament)

Farewell Malcolm Young. One of the great riffmasters of all time, his loss sadly follows his and Angus’s older brother George – a ‘60s pop legend and also AC/DC’s original producer – who passed away last month almost to this day. Of the two onstage Young brothers, Malcolm was the quiet one, if not in volume, in terms of onstage antics. Like Alex Van Halen, he provided the fraternal foundation of which a great band was built upon and made it possible for his lead guitar playing brother to reach full potential – competing for the spotlight with charismatic singers (in Angus Young’s case, becoming the very mascot of the band) and becoming lead guitar personified for generations of listeners – yet always coming across as more than content as the supportive brother, never seeking undue attention and holding it down with dignity. Malcom had no distinctive outfit. Malcom had no signature stage moves. He didn’t need them. He had the riffs and he did them better than nearly anyone. Who else in heavy rock could play a Gretsch White Falcon – a guitar associated more with rockabilly (ie Brian Setzer) – and pull it off? For many of us, Malcom was our real life version of the fictitious “Guitar George” in Dire Straights’ The Sultans of Swing “He knows all the chords… he’s strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make them cry or sing” His riffs for AC/DC will go down in history alongside Jimmy Page’s for Led Zeppelin, Tony Iommi’s for Black Sabbath or anyone else’s. Malcom gave us many great measures of music and he will be missed immeasurably. RIP #ripmalcolmyoung #AC/DC #malcolmyoung

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Mina Caputo (Life of Agony)

Darkest Hour

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs)

Foo Fighters

Chris Jericho (Fozzy)

David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)


Ray Luzier (Korn)

Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Shawn Drover (Act of Defiance)

Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam)

Gus G. (Firewind)

Bret Michaels (Poison)

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)


Stephen Pearcy (RATT)


Michael Sweet (Stryper)

Living Colour


Ryan Adams

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