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AC/DC legend’s final farewell

ACDC founding member Malcolm Young who died last night aged 64. Malcolm had been suffering from dementia for some time. Supplied
ACDC founding member Malcolm Young who died last night aged 64. Malcolm had been suffering from dementia for some time. Supplied

LEGENDARY AC/DC founder Malcolm Young will be farewelled by family and friends at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney on Tuesday.

There has been a flood of tributes from rock fans and musicians from around the world for the 64-year-old guitarist and songwriter since he lost his battle with dementia last weekend.

It is believed his family, who have always shunned the public spotlight, has requested the funeral not be broadcast so they can mourn the rocker privately.

Young's funeral will be held at 11am on the same day as the annual celebration of Australian music, the ARIA Awards.

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

It is fitting the Australian music industry will salute one of the most revered architects of our cultural soundtrack on a day that acknowledges those who have made significant contributions to the charts and airwaves in the past year.

Although Angus and Malcolm Young weren't ever ones to attend an awards night.

The funeral is expected to be attended by the extended Young family, who had to farewell Malcolm's older brother George, the co-founder of the Easybeats, only last month.

The family behind Alberts, the label and publishing company which gave AC/DC their first record deal and was the production home of George Young and Harry Vanda, will also pay tribute to the rocker.

A who's who of Australian music are also expected to attend.

Jimmy Barnes has cancelled a scheduled signing session for his Working Class Man memoir in the city on Tuesday out of respect for the Young family.

Rock bands around the world have honoured Young with AC/DC tributes during their concerts this week.

Foo Fighters performed Let There Be Rock at a Mexico gig while Guns N' Roses, whose frontman Axl Roses filled in for AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for the final Rock or Bust shows last year, dedicated Whole Lotta Rosie to Malcolm at their concert in Sacramento, California.

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