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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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AC/DC File Lawsuit to Stop Selling of Counterfeit Merchandise Outside of Concerts

AC/DC know all about bootleggers outside of concerts and have filed a lawsuit attempting to prevent the sale of counterfeit merchandise at their shows.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Statue of AC/DC Singer Bon Scott Given Green Light By Scottish Hometown Council

With a stature already erected in his memorial in Australia, late AC/DC singer Bon Scott will receive the same honor in his Scottish hometown.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

AC/DC Sold More Tickets Than Any Touring Act in 2015

Four decades into it and AC/DC are still on top, this time leading all touring acts of 2015 in ticket sales with over 2.3 million.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ Is 2015’s Top-Selling Hard Rock Album

AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' sold more copies in 2015 than any other hard rock album according to the 'Billboard' charts.

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AC/DC Tapped as First Band to Perform at Former Olympic Stadium in London

As the renovations come to an end, AC/DC will mark the first event at the former Olympic Stadium in London.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

AC/DC Announce 2016 U.S. Tour Dates

Over two months, Australia'a greatest rock export will play a total of 20 shows in the United States beginning February.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

AC/DC Inducted Into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame

AC/DC just added to their awards mantle with the induction into the The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Alcohol Ban Instituted for AC/DC’s Auckland Show

For those about to drink, the Auckland Local Board doesn't salute you, instituting a ban on alcohol for AC/DC's Dec. 15 show.

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YouTube: TheSnakeCharmer

AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Gets Bagpipe Dubstep Cover By the Snake Charmer

You read that headline correctly and get ready to introduce your ears to something they certainly have never heard before!

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Loses Court Appeal

Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has lost an appeal in his "threatening to kill" and drug possession case.

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