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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.

Selected Discography: ‘High Voltage’ (1976) ‘Let There Be Rock’ (1977), ‘Highway to Hell’ (1979), ‘Back in Black’ (1980), ‘The Razor’s Edge’ (1990) Related Artists: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson Further Reading: AC/DC Unveil ‘Rock or Bust’ Video Read More: AC/DC News

Man Says AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Wanted Him To Be His Bodyguard, Not His Hitman

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The unidentified man explains that Rudd offered him $250,000 Australian ($192,000 U.S.) and the pick of one his luxury cars to be his bodyguard.

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AC/DC Announce First Tour Dates of 2015

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AC/DC have revealed their first tour dates of 2015. Find out where they'll be rocking 'Rock or Bust.'

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Report: AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Threatened to Kill Contractor and His Daughter

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According to a new report, Rudd threatened to kill a contractor and his daughter during a phone conversation.

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New Details Revealed About AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd’s Coffee Shop Fracas

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After it was reported that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was involved in a Dec. 4 confrontation, more details are emerging about what happened.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Detained by Police After New Confrontation

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd has had another brush with the law and police took him into custody following a shopping center confrontation.

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AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ on Drug + ‘Threatening to Kill’ Charges; Misses Court Date

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The enigmatic musician failed to appear in court today (Dec. 2) to face charges of "threatening to kill" along with meth and weed possession.

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AC/DC, ‘Rock or Bust’ – December 2014 Release of the Month

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Congrats to AC/DC as 'Rock or Bust' has been voted as the Loudwire December 2014 Release of the Month.

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AC/DC, ‘Rock or Bust’ – Album Review

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Should you pick up AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' album? Check out our review here.

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Arrest Warrant Briefly Issued for AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Before Bizarre Court Appearance

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After being tardy for his court hearing, an arrest warrant was briefly issued for AC/DC's Phil Rudd before he eventually showed.

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AC/DC’s Angus Young Looks Back on ‘High Voltage,’ Brian Johnson Talks Grandson

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In this clip, Angus Young shares some hilarious truths about the band's first international album, 'High Voltage,' while Johnson speaks about his own grandson.

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