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AC/DC are arguably the greatest hard rock band in history, with an estimated 200 mil-lion albums sold over the course of a four-decade career…and counting. Founded in late 1973, in Sydney, Australia, by brothers Malcolm (rhythm guitar) and Angus Young (lead), and later completed by singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Mark Evans, AC/DC developed a simple but powerful heavy rock sound, steeped largely in the blues and ‘50s rock & roll, then fueled with incredible energy and power. With the help of Angus’ trademarked school boy uniform and Scott’s incredible charisma (Cliff Williams replaced Evans in 1977), AC/DC steadily gained worldwide recognition throughout the ‘70s, thanks to genre-defining albums like ‘High Voltage,’ ‘Let There Be Rock’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ — their first platinum seller. But it was only after Scott’s tragic death in 1980 and the recruitment of replacement Brian Johnson that the band achieved universal stardom with 1980’s ‘Back in Black,’ which now ranks among the top five best-selling albums of all time. AC/DC would never again match this album’s sheer songwriting brilliance or record-setting sales, but they continued to prosper throughout the ‘80s, both in the studio and as a major concert attraction, despite replacing Rudd with Simon Wright in 1983, and then Chris Slade for 1990’s widely acclaimed ‘The Ra-zor’s Edge’ LP. Rudd was reinstated for 1995’s Rick Rubin-produced ‘Ballbreaker’ al-bum (another multi-platinum seller) and AC/DC’s lineup and successful ways were to remain stable until 2014, when leader Malcolm was forced into retirement by ill health and Rudd was sidelined by various personal demons. And yet AC/DC still carry on, with Stevie Young (Angus and Malcolm’s nephew) now tapped to step in for Malcolm (as he did for a brief spell in ’88), and the group’s fifteenth studio album, ‘Rock or Bust,’ already scheduled for release.

   
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Albert / Atlantic

37 Years Ago: AC/DC Overcome Tragedy With the Masterful ‘Back in Black’

When a popular band loses its singer, it rarely bounces back to reach the level of success it had prior to the lineup shift. But that wasn't the case with AC/DC.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Wire-to-Wire: AC/DC Prep Tour Photo Book + News on Cage the Elephant + More

Get news on AC/DC's photo book + songs and videos from Cage the Elephant, Marty Friedman, Pentakill, the Contortionist, Kobra and the Lotus and Steven Wilson.

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Guns N’ Roses Battle Concert Delays + Joined by Angus Young for AC/DC Cover in Germany

Gun N' Roses' Germany concert was delayed twice (for good reasons) in Germany, but it was worth it for fans as they witnessed AC/DC's Angus Young join the band.

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Albert
Albert

31 Years Ago: AC/DC Release ‘Who Made Who’

On May 24, 1986, AC/DC released 'Who Made Who,' the soundtrack for the Stephen King film 'Maximum Overdrive.'

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YouTube: Sean Bateman
YouTube: Sean Bateman

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Gets Back Onstage to Perform With Robert Plant + Paul Rodgers

Despite suffering hearing issues, AC/DC legend Brian Johnson, along with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, joined Paul Rodgers onstage to perform a cover song.

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YouTube: FBE
YouTube: FBE

Kids React to Hearing AC/DC, Praising the Band But Confused By Angus Young’s Schoolboy Outfit

A group of kids finally got a chance to put a name to the songs they've heard before, reacting to AC/DC and Angus Young's iconic outfit.

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Joel Ford, Getty Images

Drummer Phil Rudd on Desire to Return to AC/DC: ‘I’d Like to Be Involved With Angus Again’

Rudd spoke about his desire to work with AC/DC again in some capacity in a new interview.

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Facebook: Dave Evans (AC/DC)
Facebook: Dave Evans (AC/DC)

Former Singer Dave Evans on AC/DC’s Current Lineup: ‘They Need to Record a New Album to Make It Legitimate’

Former AC/DC singer Dave Evans says the band could continue, but they need to record a new album to make the current lineup legitimate.

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Sky Arts
Sky Arts

Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Who Members + More to Guest on AC/DC Legend Brian Johnson’s ‘Life on the Road’ TV Show

'Brian Johnson’s Life on the Road' will show the AC/DC legend interviewing Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, The Who’s Roger Daltrey + more!

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Elektra Records
Elektra Records

17 Years Ago: AC/DC Bring Back the Grit on ‘Stiff Upper Lip’

On Feb. 28, 2000, AC/DC reunited with producer George Young and delivered their 'Stiff Upper Lip' album.

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