What sad news (apologies for joining this thread late), and condolences to the family and friends of Malcolm Young.
When I first heard “Jailbreak” back in 1976 as a kid, I was hooked and the more music I heard from AC/DC the more they became my favourite rock band, and whenever I saw them live, I was completely blown away by how tight they sounded live, and how their live stuff actually sounded better than their studio material (the mark of a great rock band).
The genius of Malcolm Young was how he could write epic songs with a just a handful of chords eg. “It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock n roll” ie. A,G & D (the rhythm part that is), yet it’s such an epic song. “Let there be rock”, only has four chords G,E,A and B (the rhythm part), yet it’s considered one of AC/DC’s finest, and a crowd favourite that’s always played live.
Sometimes, you get these “guitar snobs” who are unfairly critical of the relative simplicity of Malcolm Young’s playing by calling him “three chord Malcolm”, which is ridiculous because Malcolm Young could probably play every chord out there, and what a lot of people don’t realise was that Malcolm Young started as a lead, not a rhythm guitarist, it’s just that he assigned his incredibly (and equally), talented brother, Angus to that role. And so what if AC/DC music is simple, there is a wise old saying that goes “the simple things in life are often the best”, and credit to AC/DC for sticking to their guns.
R.I.P. Malcolm, you were a maestro on rhythm guitar, and you inspired me and millions of others to take up the guitar.