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Happy birthday, Malcolm Young

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2000: Malcolm Young, portrait

2000: Malcolm Young, portrait

Happy birthday, Malcolm Young...
Born Malcolm Mitchell Young on 6 January 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, Malcolm Young is a guitarist best known as founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.
He has remained with the band since its November 1973 inception barring a brief absence in 1988. In 2003, Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Though his younger brother Angus (born 31 March 1955) is the most visible of the brothers, Malcolm Young has been described as the businessman behind AC/DC. As the rhythm guitarist, he is responsible for the broad sweep of the band's sound, developing many of the band's guitar riffs and co-writing the band's material with Angus. He is married to Linda Young and has two children, Cara and Ross.
Young founded AC/DC in November 1973 and soon asked Angus to join, when they were, respectively, 20 and 18 years old. They began national touring in 1974 with singer Dave Evans.
AC/DC relocated to the UK in 1976 and began a heavy schedule of international touring and recording. After the death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, they recorded their biggest selling album Back in Black with singer Brian Johnson.
In 1988, Malcolm Young missed AC/DC's Blow Up Your Video World Tour to address his drinking problem. Young eventually got sober and returned to the band. During his absence, his nephew Stevie replaced him for a while. It was reported that some fans could not tell Malcolm had been replaced, as Stevie bore a striking resemblance to his uncle.
In April 2014, it was reported that Young was seriously ill and unable to continue performing. On 16 April 2014, AC/DC released a note stating that Young would be "taking a break from the band due to ill health". However, singer Brian Johnson stated that despite earlier reports, AC/DC are not retiring; "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens we'll record it.".
Influenced by 1950s rock and roll and blues-based rock guitarists of the 1960s and 1970s, Young is regarded as a leading rock exponent of rhythm guitar. He is the subject of a song (and album) title by Australian punk rock band Frenzal Rhomb: "Forever Malcolm Young".
Guitar Player magazine has stated that the secret to Young's guitar technique is playing open chords through a series of medium-sized amplifiers set to low volume with little or no gain. This is contrary to a common belief of many rock guitarists that rhythm guitar should involve loud and overdriven power chords through large amplifiers.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth stated in a 2004 interview that he considered himself, Young and James Hetfield of Metallica to be the best rhythm guitarists in the world.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Malcolm Young!

2011: Exclusive World Premiere Of AC DC Live At River Plate Presented By DeLeon Tequila at the HMV Apolo on May 6, in London, England.

2011: Exclusive World Premiere Of AC DC Live At River Plate Presented By DeLeon Tequila at the HMV Apolo on May 6, in London, England.

2009: AC/DC

2009: AC/DC

[french version:
Joyeux anniversaire, Malcolm Young ...
Né Malcolm Mitchell Young le 6 Janvier 1953 à Glasgow, Ecosse, Malcolm Young est un guitariste mieux connu en tant que fondateur, guitariste, choriste et compositeur pour groupe de hard rock AC/DC.
Il a toujours fait parti du groupe depuis sa création en Novembre 1973 sauf pendant une brève absence en 1988. En 2003, Malcolm Young et les autres membres d'AC/DC ont été intronisés au Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bien que son jeune frère Angus (né le 31 Mars 1955) soit le plus médiatisé des deux, Malcolm Young est connu comme l'homme d'affaires du groupe. En tant que guitariste rythmique, il est responsable de l'orientation musicale du groupe, a composé de nombreux riffs de guitare et co-écrit avec Angus un grand nombre de titre du groupe.
Il est marié à Linda Young et a deux enfants, Cara et Ross.
Malcolm Young a fondée AC/DC en Novembre 1973 et demanda très vite à son frère Angus de le rejoindre. Ils étaient alors respectivement agés de 20 et 18 ans.
Ils ont commencé les tournées nationales en 1974 avec le chanteur Dave Evans.
AC/DC a déménagé au Royaume-Uni en 1976 et a enchainé les tournées internationales et les sessions d'enregistrement.
Après la mort du chanteur Bon Scott en 1980, AC/DC enregistra l'album qui se vendra le plus, Back in Black avec le chanteur Brian Johnson.
En 1988, Malcolm Young, alors en traitement pour des troubles liés à sa consommation excessive d'alcool, a manqué la tournée Blow Up Your Video World Tour. Une fois ce problème réglé, il a retrouvé sa place au sein du groupe. Pendant son absence, c'est son neveu Stevie qui l'a remplacé et il se dit encore que bon nombre de fans n'ont pas remarqué son absence tant la ressemblance avec son oncle aussi bien physiquement que dans le jeu était troublante.
En Avril 2014, il a été annoncé que Young était gravement malade et incapable de continuer à jouer. Le 16 Avril 2014, AC/DC indiquait dans une déclaration que Malcolm Young "quittait le groupe pour raison de santé". Cependant, le chanteur Brian Johnson a déclaré que malgré tout, AC/DC ne raccrochait pas et : "Nous allons certainement nous réunir en mai à Vancouver. Nous allons prendre nos guitares, boire un coup et voir si quelqu'un a des idées de texte ou de musique. S'il en sort quelque chose, nous l'enregistreront".
Influencé par le rock and roll des années 1950 et par des guitaristes blues-rock des années 1960 et 1970, Malcolm Young est considéré comme un des plus grands guitaristes rythmiques du rock. Il est le sujet d'une chanson de l'album éponyme du groupe punk-rock Frenzal Rhomb : Forever Malcolm Young.
Le magazine Guitar Player a déclaré que le secret de la technique de Malcolm Young était un jeu en accords ouverts à travers une série d'amplificateurs de taille moyenne réglé à faible volume avec peu ou pas de gain. Et cela contrairement à une croyance commune à de nombreux guitaristes de rock pour qui la guitare rythmique devrait impliquer des jeux d'accords de puissance forts et saturés et des amplis de forte puissance.
Dave Mustaine de Megadeth a déclaré dans une interview en 2004 qu'il se considèrait avec Malcolm Young et James Hetfield de Metallica comme étant les meilleurs guitaristes rythmiques du monde.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire et des années de rock à Malcolm Young !]

2008: Malcolm Young performs during the band’s Black Ice Tour at MSG - Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin (NY Post)

2008: Malcolm Young performs during the band’s Black Ice Tour at MSG - Photo: Kevin P. Coughlin (NY Post)

2000: Malcolm & Angus Young

2000: Malcolm & Angus Young

1995: Malcolm & Angus Young - credit: Getty images

1995: Malcolm & Angus Young - credit: Getty images

1991: Malcolm Young with AC-DC - Live at Donington

1991: Malcolm Young with AC-DC - Live at Donington

1988: Malcolm Young with AC DC are playing at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California on June 19 - Larry Hulst Michael Ochs Archives - Getty Images

1988: Malcolm Young with AC DC are playing at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California on June 19 - Larry Hulst Michael Ochs Archives - Getty Images

1986: Malcolm Young of AC DC performs on stage at Wembley Arena on January 17th, in London, United Kingdom - credit: Peter Still

1986: Malcolm Young of AC DC performs on stage at Wembley Arena on January 17th, in London, United Kingdom - credit: Peter Still

1985: AC DC at the beach in Ipanema, Brazil during a South American tour, January - credit: Getty images

1985: AC DC at the beach in Ipanema, Brazil during a South American tour, January - credit: Getty images

1979: AC/DC Let There Be Rock - Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France on December 9th

1979: AC/DC Let There Be Rock - Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France on December 9th

1979: Australian rock band ACDC posed in a studio in London in August - Left to right Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd - credit: getty images

1979: Australian rock band ACDC posed in a studio in London in August - Left to right Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd - credit: getty images

Bon Scott, Mark Evans, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young posed studio group shot on ladder - Photo of Phil RUDD and Mark EVANS - Gems Redferns

Bon Scott, Mark Evans, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young posed studio group shot on ladder - Photo of Phil RUDD and Mark EVANS - Gems Redferns

1973: The Young Brothers – From left to right  Angus Young, Malcolm Young, George Young - Photographer: Philip Morris

1973: The Young Brothers – From left to right Angus Young, Malcolm Young, George Young - Photographer: Philip Morris

Malcolm Young - crezdit: Fin Costello Redferns

Malcolm Young - crezdit: Fin Costello Redferns

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