Now in an interview with Mojo, Homme has discussed how he tried to emulate Young’s ‘robotic’ style of rhythm guitar when he left Kyuss for The Screaming Trees, before discovering kraut-rock and landing on the idiosyncratic sound of Queens Of The Stone Age.
“I wanted to see what it was like when you just played one thing until you got lost in a trance,” said Homme. “One note is so much more difficult than 50. That’s what I learned in [The Screaming Trees], because I was playing rhythm, I was trying to play like Malcolm Young, trying to play a riff like a robot.”
“So I had the first Queens record written, this robotic trance stuff, and then my friend Hutch, our sound man who has turned me on to so much music, was like cough… and plays me Can, Neu!, Wire… I was like, “What?” really disheartened.”
Earlier this week, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson also paid an emotional tribute to Young – honouring him for his ‘legacy that no one can match’.
“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.”