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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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Kevi Winter, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Angus Young on Axl Rose in AC/DC: ‘He’s Doing Very Well’

AC/DC's Angus Young and Cliff Williams commended Axl Rose's performances with the band so far in a new interview.

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AC/DC’s ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’ Featured In New Applebee’s Commercials

AC/DC's 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution' was featured in three new Applebee's commercials.

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Albert

30 Years Ago: AC/DC Release ‘Who Made Who’

On May 24, 1986, AC/DC released 'Who Made Who,' the soundtrack for the Stephen King film 'Maximum Overdrive.'

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AC/DC Legend Brian Johnson Details Hearing Loss Struggle: Fluids Had Been Eating Away at My Ear

AC/DC legend Brian Johnson describes his doctor's theory on how the singer's hearing began to deteriorate so rapidly.

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YouTube: josdecross

Axl Rose Walks on Boot Cast for Part of AC/DC Show

For the first time since breaking his foot, Axl Rose has stood up and walked onstage, still confined to a boot cast.

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Charley Gallay / Kevin Winter, Getty Images (2)

Chris Slade: Angus Young ‘Definitely Not Thinking of Retiring’ AC/DC

AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has responded to fan speculation that founder Angus Young may soon retire AC/DC, stating the guitarist has no plans to do so.

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Phil Rudd Questions Current AC/DC Lineup, Says His Return Up to Angus Young

Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has weighed in on the current AC/DC lineup featuring Axl Rose and says his return to the band hinges on Angus Young.

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Watch Axl Rose Rock With AC/DC in Seville, Spain

AC/DC shows always draw a lot of attention, but their current tour is even more under the microscope as Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose fills in on vocals.

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Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

Brian Johnson To Meet With Hearing Technology Expert, Welcomes Fans Inside His Home

Brian Johnson will be meeting with an expert in hearing technology to find a solution to his hearing issues + invited lucky fans into his home.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Watch Video of Axl Rose’s First Gig With AC/DC

Axl Rose has performed his first-ever show with AC/DC in Portugal. See fan-shot footage from the gig here.

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