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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

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson: We’re Making Music and Touring for Guitarist Malcolm Young

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says the band is continuing on as a tribute to their ailing bandmate Malcolm Young.

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AC/DC Rock 2015 Coachella Festival

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"I hope you like rock 'n' roll, cause that's all we do!" That's what AC/DC's Brian Johnson told an audience of hipsters last night at the Coachella festival.

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson: ‘You’re Not Going to Stop Doing What You Do, Otherwise You Die Inside’

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson told the L.A. Times how he’s dealing with the band's recent setbacks.

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Revisit 10 Historic AC/DC Concert Moments

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The veteran group has enjoyed many a memorable performance over the years. Revisit some of the most historic shows of their career here.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne + AC/DC Bassist Both List Homes for Sale

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If you're looking for a home previously owned by a rocker, both the Osbournes and AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams have recently listed properties.

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10 Best AC/DC Songs

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AC/DC are one of rock's most popular bands for good reason. Check out our list of the 10 Best AC/DC Songs.

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Y&T Singer: Bon Scott Thought His AC/DC Bandmates Were Boring Back in 1976

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Y&T vocalist Dave Meniketti recalls Bon Scott thinking his AC/DC bandmates were boring.

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AC/DC ‘Rock the Blues Away’ in New Music Video

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AC/DC have released the music video for their track “Rock the Blues Away.”

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Favorite Bon Scott AC/DC Song – Readers Poll

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When AC/DC singer Bon Scott tragically died in 1980, the music world lost one of the greatest rock 'n' roll frontmen of all time. Thankfully, Scott left a lasting legacy through his music.

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Drummer Bob Richards on Playing With AC/DC: ‘They Made Me Feel So Welcome’

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Drummer Bob Richards joined the AC/DC lore, sitting behind the kit for the band's "Rock or Bust" and "Play Ball" videos.

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