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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

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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AC/DC Announce 2015 North American Tour

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It's been a long time since the Australian rock titans played a full North American tour, but they're ready to do it again this summer.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Headed to Judge-Alone Trial in April

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is headed to court for a judge-alone trial beginning April 21 on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.

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AC/DC Open 2015 Grammys With One-Two Punch of ‘Rock or Bust’ + ‘Highway to Hell’

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Rock fans didn't have to wait long to see AC/DC perform on tonight's Grammy Awards telecast.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd’s Court Appearance Postponed After Lawyer Quits Case

AC/DC's Phil Rudd
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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's court appearance has now been delayed until April after his lawyer Paul Mabey withdrew from the case.

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Is Drummer Chris Slade Returning to AC/DC?

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Rumor has it that Chris Slade will return to the AC/DC throne.

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12-Year-Old May Jam With AC/DC After ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ Performance Goes Viral

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A video of 12-year-old Kris McDowall performing AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long' went viral, leading to an online petition.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian: AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Is the ‘Greatest Rhythm Guitar Player Ever’

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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is one of the biggest AC/DC fans out there, so when he stopped by our studio to discuss his new book, 'I'm the Man,' we were compelled to ask him about AC/DC's decision to co

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AC/DC Confirmed To Rock 2015 Grammy Awards

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After a rumor floated around a couple of weeks ago that AC/DC would be performing at this year's Grammy Awards, that news has now officially been confirmed.

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