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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.

   
Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
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AC/DC Streaming Music Via Spotify, Apple Music + Other Services After Lengthy Hold-Out

AC/DC were purposely late to the game, but as of right now, you can finally hear the iconic band's music via online streaming services.

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Angus Young (AC/DC)
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AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’ Powers ‘Mad Max’ Video Game Trailer

A trailer for the Mad Max video game has just premiered and thanks to great visuals and a rocking soundtrack provided by AC/DC’s song “Hells Bells," it has internet bloggers buzzing.

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Phil Rudd Won’t Be Playing AC/DC’s Final ‘Rock or Bust’ Shows in New Zealand

Despite residing in New Zealand, Phil Rudd won't be playing AC/DC's shows there this December, whether he's a free man or not.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd
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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd’s ‘Threatening to Kill’ + Drug Possession Sentencing Date Postponed

Back in April, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty to "threatening to kill" charges along with possession of cannabis and meth.

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AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Sells Fort Myers Home for Nearly $7 Million

AC/DC's Cliff Williams made a nice profit after selling his Fort Myers estate for just shy of $7 million.

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson to Appear on Comedian Jim Breuer’s Album

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson will make a guest appearance on comedian Jim Breuer’s upcoming rock album.

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Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
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Malcolm Young Tribute Stars Memory-Loss Patients; New Photos of AC/DC Guitarist Emerge

Watch as patients who are suffering from memory loss listen to AC/DC songs and riffs played by Malcolm and react to the music. Also, see new photos of Young.

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Kenny Dee
Kenny Dee

AC/DC Kick Off ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’ in The Netherlands

AC/DC kicked off their Rock or Bust world tour in grand fashion last night (Tuesday, May 5) at the massive Gelredome stadium in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

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Joel Ford, Getty Images

Phil Rudd Speaks Out About AC/DC Status Following Guilty Plea

For almost six months, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been in and out of the press after being accused of threatening to kill one of his employees.

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Slayer Compare Gary Holt Addition to Brian Johnson Joining AC/DC

Sometimes things just fit and Slayer feel that Gary Holt's addition is one of the better replacements in rock history.

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