One of the world's bestselling bands, Aussie rockers AC/DC were formed in 1973 by guitarist brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, who recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, drummer Colin Burgess, and vocalist Dave Evans into the original line-up. Establishing themselves on the Sydney music scene, and quickly becoming famous for their loud gigs, energetic shows, and Angus Young's school uniforms. In 1974, personality clashes within the band led to singer Evans being replaced with Bon Scott. Around the same time, Van Kriedt and Burgess also left, replaced by Mark Evans and Phil Rudd, and the new, stable line-up recorded the album High Voltage, in just 10 days.
By 1976, the band had become one of Australia's most popular groups, but were still largely unknown outside the continent. A European tour that same year, supporting acts like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and KISS, gave AC/DC huge exposure, and honed their performance skills, with High Voltage being re-released with new tracks and remixed old ones, and going on to sell three million copies. Subsequent albums Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976), Let There Be Rock (1977) and Powerage (1978), were all huge successes, and established AC/DC as one of the biggest stadium bands in the world, as well as seeing Evans replaced by Cliff Williams on bass.
Highway To Hell (1979) was the band's first album to hit the US Top 100, peaking at No.17, almost unheard of for a heavy metal band, and saw the band at their creative peak. They quickly set to work on their next album, Back In Black (1980), but tragedy struck when charismatic front man, Scott, died after a night of heavy drinking in London. Reluctant to continue without him, it was Scott's family who persuaded AC/DC to continue, and Back In Black was eventually completed, with Brian Johnson taking over lead vocals, the album going platinum within three weeks of release. For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981) was another album success, before the departure of drummer Rudd (due to his alcoholism) seemed to signal a decline in the band's fortunes. Subsequent albums were poorly received, and it wasn't until Blow Up Your Video in 1988, that interest in AC/DC began to gain momentum again. Rudd was invited back in 1994 and Ballbreaker (1995) heralded a return to form.
The band continued with their always-prodigious output throughout the 1990s and, in 2002, they signed a multi-album deal with Sony which saw the re-release of some of their biggest records. Their first studio album in 8 years, Black Ice, came out in 2008, supported by a world tour which ended, an exhausting 20 months later, in Bilbao, Spain.
AC/DC celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2013, with plans for a new studio album and world tour.
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