Guns N’ Roses paid tribute to Malcolm Young, the founding guitarist of AC/DC at their show on Saturday night (November 18) in Sacramento, California. Young passed away on Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with dementia. Young was 64.
The guitarist retired from his lengthy run with the band in 2014 due to the crippling effects of dementia. This followed his battle with lung cancer several years before in 2008. He beat the cancer fully. And as if that wasn’t enough, Young had a pacemaker to regulate his heart condition.
A statement from his family detailed:
“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”
Frontman Axl Rose took over duties as frontman of the band for a stint, and thus is intertwined with the lore of the band even more than most. During the concert, while Slash played Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed,” Rose stated:
“We’re gonna dedicate this to Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed. By none more than his brother Angus,”
The band also dedicated covers of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” and Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” to the late Young.
Earlier in the day, Slash told Rolling Stone, “Malcolm Young was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. I toured with AC/DC on their ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ tour. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing.”
This goes out to Malcolm Young.
He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/gO1mWVuDeR
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 19, 2017