Watch Malcolm Young's last ever gig with AC/DC

AC  DC founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

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George Young had served as producer for AC/DC and guitarist for the band Easybeats. The Young brothers co-wrote most of their material, including trademark hits such as "Highway To Hell, ' 'You Shook Me All Night Long" and 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)'.

One of the founding members of AC/DC, among the best-selling bands in recorded music history, died Saturday.

In an additional statement to Australia's SBS, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

Today, Angus Young shared a letter on the AC/DC website that read in part: "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted".

The band concludes the message with a simple tribute to Malcolm stating that the guitarist "leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever". It was one of 168 gigs the band played in support of their fifteenth studio album "Black Ice", which was released in 2008. "Malcolm was the heart and soul of AC/DC and as fine an example as any to rhythm guitarists everywhere". He took great pride in all that he endeavored. By 1980, AC/DC was working on what became its breakthrough album, Back in Black, when Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning.

"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote. Singer Brian Johnson joined the band in Scott's stead; when Back in Black was released, it went to No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold 22 million copies in the USA alone. He was 64 and had been suffering from dementia for the last three years. Producer Rick Rubin has said that AC/DC is his all-time favorite band, and he brought the band's stripped-down approach to both early hip-hop albums he helmed - LL Cool J's "Radio" in 1985, Run-DMC's "Raising Hell" the following year, which included a collaboration with Aerosmith that Rubin orchestrated - but also the rock and pop albums he'd oversee in the ensuing decades by artists from Slayer to Tom Petty and even Johnny Cash. Young later announced his departure from the band in 2014 due to health reasons that were later revealed to be dementia.

"It is a sad day in rock and roll", wrote guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

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