Rage Against The Machine Icon Reacts To AC/DC Tragedy

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Late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young’s son Ross has reached out to former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, giving him his late father’s guitar pick. Morello wrote, “We Salute You.”

Tom Morello wrote on Instagram, “#MalcolmYoung guitar pick. Holy moly. #WeSaluteYou #ACDC THANKYOU Ross Young for the pick & kind words.”

In September 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Young had been diagnosed with dementia and had been admitted to a nursing home where he could receive full-time care. A source close to Young was quoted in this article as saying that he had “complete loss of short-term memory.” Young’s family confirmed four days later that he had dementia, saying that Young “is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy.”

In an interview with Guitar Player about Malcolm Young’s songwriting credits in Rock or Bust, Angus Young stated, “Mal kept doing what he could until he couldn’t do it anymore, but I have all the material he was working on. There were a lot of riffs, ideas, and bits of choruses.

I’d fill things in to see if we had a song. Every album we’ve ever done has been that way. There was always a bit from the past, a bit from what we had that was brand new, and, sometimes, just an old idea that either Malcolm or myself had worked on but we never finished. The songwriting process didn’t really change, except for the fact that Mal wasn’t physically there.

So when it came to writing and putting stuff together, I had Stevie [Young] there with me. You see, Malcolm was always a great organizer. He always kept track of the stuff we were writing together. He’d record it, date it, make notes. My records — if you can call them that — are always chaotic. So, this time, Stevie helped me organize a lot of what was there.”

Young died from the disease on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64, at Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. His funeral was held at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on November 28th.

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