RIP Malcolm Young :(

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  1. oldrockfan

    oldrockfan Well-Known Member

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    heavy heart learning that Malcolm passed away. I know he was suffering from dementia and it is a horrible disease so glad he is no longer suffering but shame to loose another piece of one of the greatest bands from my youth. Angus would not have been what he was without brother Malcolm holding down the hard driving rhythm for all those great songs. Time to hang it up for another great rock band... so few of the great classic rock bands left :(
     
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    Uggh. Expected but still sad. He's always been one of the two models for me in terms of how a rhythm guitarist should be, the other being Keith Richards.

    Luckily we don't have to worry about him dying, it'll never happen ;)
     
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    :redface: I will miss that band, but the music (like all great bands) will live "forever".
     
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    Huge loss :-(
     
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    Agree on the huge loss. I didn't come to love AC DC until much later in life despite growing up with their music all around me. But once I did, I really appreciated his huge presence driving their sound. Angus was quoted as saying Malcom came up with most of their memorable riffs and had tons more recorded that they'd never used when he retired. Good to know.

    The irony is I'd been eyeing a Gretsch guitas these last few weeks because of his sound.
     
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    I was on the couch playing Xbox when my Dad casually told me the news. My heart sank to my stomach. AC/DC being Malcolm's band, and my favourite band by a landslide. He was one of, if not the greatest rhythm guitarist to ever walk this earth. And I, Australia, and the world of Rock 'n' Roll owes so much to him. He was a musical legend, an Aussie hero and one hell of a guitar player. He'd be down there having a drink with Bon by now.
    Rock In Peace Mal

    Rob Chapman shot a video reviewing a Malcolm Young signature just an hour before Mal passed. The same thing happened on The Andertons channel when they uploaded a "Sound Like Soundgarden" just hours before Cornell died. It's crazy
     
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    So we ban them from doing Signature axes unless it's Justin Bieber or Lil' Wayne. Works for me.
    With respect, Angus is the only one left now, touring again soon would feel like a cash grab to me possibly even if Brian Johnson came back. I admit I lost a bit of respect for Angus when they brought in Axl Rose, but enough is enough. I think an "indefinite" hiatus is in order here. Give it a couple years, then maybe a limited run might work.
     
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    I didn't like the idea of Angus bringing in Rose at first, either. But then I had to kind of put myself in his shoes to accept it.

    For one thing, he had huge commitments to fulfill in terms of touring agreements. At the time of making the tour deals, Rudd and Johnson were still in the band. It wasn't until Rudd was out and ultimately replaced and then partially through the tour that Johnson was warned to get off the road. Angus was stuck with the commitments to finish the tour or get hosed financially.

    Despite the presupposed troubles associated with Rose coming in, it actually turned out pretty dammned good in the end.
     
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    Nope, not swayed. They have lawyers for that sort of thing, and there were better choices than Wilford Brimley.
     
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    Lol true. But, they limped off the world stage as best they could, I guess. Under the circumstances, it turned out ok.
     
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    It was a huge blow to the rock world. The quiet strong one. No one can question his work ethic and talent. I am happy to see Gretsch has stepped up and is making him a proper production guitar at a more affordable price.

    Looks the same as the custom shop Malcolm salute, without the aging and a different pickup. Check it out.

     
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    Cost wise I am guessing $2300-2400 US in stores. Still a lot of money to put out for a very unique playing style guitar. Heavy string / high action. Really just set up for that classic rock rhythm tone. A bit of a one trick pony.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am pining for it.
     
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    It turned out as well as it could of. It shocked a lot of people when they kept moving forward, including myself. But what are you to do?

    You have huge financial implications, 100’s (if not 1000’s of jobs on the line), millions of fans, and so on. Some were really upset that they moved on, or at least moved on with Axel. But it was a lose - lose situation. Can you imagine the push back and comments if they packed it in...

    I admire how they kept rocking. The whole Brian debacle of being “kicked to the curb” was more upsetting than anything else. Jim Breuer was sure to get that out.
     
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    It will be just as interesting to see what Angus does from here. New album? Nothing would surprise me. Hard to call it ACDC, but it’s his name and brand, he can stamp it wherever he likes I suppose.


    The two amazing things that happened out of all the chaos on rock or bust, was the compliment of classic songs that were added to the set list. I imagine it was Mal (and possibly Brian) who always wanted to stick to the traditional live show set list. And, the showcase of SG’s that came out on that tour! The original Two pick up black custom, the Brian Ray, natural bursts, 61’s, the list goes on. Enough to get anyone on this forum fired up
     
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    There's still rumors floating around that Angus wants to hit the studio with Rose eventually. I'm guessing he'll try one more swing around the world under the AC/DC banner.

    With Cliff retired now, that sets up for Ang, Rose, Stevie and probably Chris Slade. No idea who will fill in for bass.
     

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