AC/DC Singer Brian Johnson On Malcolm Young: “I Can’t Believe He’s Gone”

Written by Tom Williams on 22nd November, 2017

AC/DC Singer Brian Johnson On Malcolm Young: “I Can’t Believe He’s Gone”

Former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has spoken publicly for the first time since the death of the band’s co-founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

In a statement posted to his website, Johnson said he is “saddened” by the passing of his friend at the age of 64.

“I can’t believe he’s gone,” he said.

“We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he.”

Johnson extended his condolences to Malcolm’s family, who he said “will all be devastated”.

“He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match,” he said.

“He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said ‘there was no Rock n’ Roll’ out there.

“I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much.”

Johnson joined AC/DC after the band’s previous lead singer Bon Scott died in 1980. Both Johnson and Malcolm Young were forced to retire from the band in recent years; Johnson due to an ear problem and Young due to dementia.

Since Young’s death, the likes of The Wiggles, Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses have paid tribute by covering AC/DC’s music.

Read Brian Johnson’s full statement about the death of Malcolm Young, below.

Brian Johnson Statement

For 32 years we stood side by side on stage

I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can’t believe he’s gone.

We had such great times on the road.

I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he.

I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Cara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated… as we all are.

He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.

He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that.

He was the man who created AC/DC because he said “there was no Rock,n,Roll” out there.

I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much.

I salute you, Malcolm Young.

Photos: Gary Miller / Getty Images / Facebook


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