WWE CEO Vince McMahon and WWE Legend Chris Jericho have made a note on the passing away of the founder of the band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, who died today, at the age of 64.
The WWE Chairman, used the official WWE Twitter page to acknowledged Young’s musical contributions to the company over the years. In the same vein, Chris Jericho who is the leader of the rock band Fozzy, called Young ‘the greatest rhythm guitar player & riff writer ever’.
On WWE.com they mentioned AC/DC and Young’s various contributions to the company and wished his family the best during this tough time. Young was survived by his wife, Linda, and his two daughters. These were the words of the company, “WWE is saddened to learn that Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of the iconic band AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 64”
For the heck of it, may we note that Malcolm Young was the AC/DC band creator, the co-founder, songwriter, guitarist and all-around musician in AC/DC.
The band had a lot of successful hits over the years, and Young was pivotal to a lot of it.
Over the years, Young’s AC/DC developed a relationship with Vince McMahon’s WWE. For the 1998 edition of Summerslam, the band allowed the company to use their ‘Highway to Hell’ hit as the PPV’s theme song.
An interesting note is that when Eric Bischoff made his shocking debut on RAW back in 2002, WWE originally used AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ song. However, WWE did not continue to use it as Bischoff’s theme after.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) November 18, 2017
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) November 18, 2017
WrestleMania 25 saw WWE use the two AC/DC songs “War Machine” and “Shoot to Thrill” as the show’s theme songs.
In 2014, Young sadly left and retired from the band when he was diagnosed with dementia.
WWE used their Twitter page to issue a statement regarding Malcolm Young’s death. It said they were saddened to learn that Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of the iconic band AC/DC, had passed away at the age of 64′.
BBC Radio 5 Live asked WWE and Fozzy’s Y2J for his thoughts on Young’s death, and the 6-time WWE World Champion called him the ‘driving force behind AC/DC’.
“He was always rocking, he was always into it. Malcolm was the driving force behind AC/DC"
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) November 18, 2017
— WWE (@WWE) November 18, 2017
Chris Jericho is doing well in the music world with his band Fozzy at the moment and finished his recent Fozzy tour tonight in Belgium. However, it was shockingly announced recently that the WWE loyalist Jericho would be wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom 12 but we do not know for how long he would stay with them for now. We shall bring you details on this as things unfold.