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Tributes to AC/DC rocker

Tributes poured out Saturday after the announcement of the death of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young.

Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hells Bells" and "Back in Black." He was 64.

Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, issued a statement that said, "We salute you, Malcom Young. Your blistering guitar shook generations and united us with sonic anthems that will ring forever."

"It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour," Eddie Van Halen tweeted. "He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends."

"The driving engine of AC/DC has died. A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP," Paul Stanley, of Kiss, wrote on Twitter

Scott Ian, of Anthrax, posted a photo of his Malcolm Young tattoo and said "what he means to me is unquantifiable."

Mike Portnoy, co-founder of Dream Theater, called him "one of the great rhythm guitar players of all time."

AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website. The performer had been suffering from dementia. He was diagnosed in 2014.

"It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside," one of the posts read.

Glasgow-born Malcolm and his brother Angus formed the band in 1973 after immigrating to Australia as children with their parents.

Malcolm was the band's key writer and leader.

AC/DC has sold over 200 million albums, and "Back in Black," is the world's second bestselling album behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller."


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