Rock star tributes for Malcolm Young

20th November 2017 10:00 AM
AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young died aged 64. Malcolm had been suffering from dementia for some time. Picture: Supplied AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young died aged 64. Malcolm had been suffering from dementia for some time. Picture: Supplied

FOO Fighters and Guns N' Roses have performed stirring tributes to the late Malcolm Young - the legendary Australian guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC - who died on Saturday.

The 64-year-old passed away after a three-year battle with dementia.

Foo Fighters played a cover version of AC/DC's Let There Be Rock at Corona Capital music festival in Mexico, with a huge black and white photo of Young suspended on the stage.

"We gonna play some rock and roll for Malcolm Young," singer Dave Grohl said, before launching into a blistering version of the AC/DC song.

Rock band the Foo Fighters performs during the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The back photograph is Malcolm Young of AC/DC, co-founder and guitarist who has died at age 64.
Rock band the Foo Fighters performs during the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The back photograph is Malcolm Young of AC/DC, co-founder and guitarist who has died at age 64. Eduardo Verdugo/AP

In a statement published by Rolling Stone, Grohl said AC/DC had been a huge inspiration for him and their concert film also titled Let There Be Rock "changed my life".

"That film, a live AC/DC performance from Paris, 1979, is everything that live and roll should be. Sweaty. Loose. Loud," Grohl said, according to rollingstone.com.

"A relentless performance from the perfect band. It was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn't want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it," Grohl wrote.

"Thank you, Malcolm, for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you."

Dave Grohl, in front, from the band Foo Fighters performs during the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The back photograph is Malcolm Young of AC/DC, co-founder and guitarist who has died at age 64.
Dave Grohl, in front, from the band Foo Fighters performs during the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The back photograph is Malcolm Young of AC/DC, co-founder and guitarist who has died at age 64. Eduardo Verdugo/AP

Meantime, Guns N' Roses dedicated a string of songs to Young during their show in Sacramento, according to Rolling Stone, including a cover of AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie and Bob Dylan's Knockin' on Heaven's Door. Slash performed a solo guitar tribute of Alice Cooper's Only Women Bleed.

Young, who was know for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, died on Saturday.

He had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years.

"With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band," AC/DC said on its website.

"As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man.

"He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted."