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AC/DC Biography

This veteran Hard-Rock band was formed in 1973 in Sydney AUSTRALIA by the Scottish brothers, guitarists Malcolm Young, 19 years old at the time and only 14 Angus Young, he began performing live wearing his school uniform on stage, after over three decades he continued to perform with it. The original band line-up included singer Dave Evans; they recorded the first single, "Can I Sit Next To You Girl", which was produced by Harry Vanda and George Young, Malcolm and Angus' older brother.

Their first album, "High Voltage", arrived one year later, when the band acquired new lead singer Bon Scott; eventually the group moved to Melbourne where drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Mark Evans was added to the line-up.
Between 1975, 1976 AC/DC released two albums and began touring throughout America and Europe, both "T.N.T." and the new version of "High Voltage" included such Rock-radio staples as "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" and "The Jack"; in the meantime their first album became triple-gold in their homeland.
In late 1977, with Cliff Williams on bass, the band issued "Let There Be Rock", the first album that cracked the U.S. Pop chart, it was followed a year later by "Powerage" which included the U.K. hit single "Rock 'N' Roll Damnation".
In 1978 producers Harry Vanda and George Young split from AC/DC after releasing the sixth album, the live-set "If You Want Blood, You've Got It", recorded in Glasgow.
The follow-up, "Highway To Hell", became gold-disc in America and in Europe catapulted into the top 10 of the Official U.K. Albums chart thanks to the transatlantic title-track smash single.

Tragically, on February 20, of 1980 Bon Scott died in London at the age of 33 after a night of heavy drinking. When the band decided to continue, Brian Johnson joined as new singer, AC/DC subsequently released their all time best seller: 1980's "Back In Black"; the album went straight to #1 in British and Australian charts, peaked at #4 on the Official U.S. Pop Albums chart selling 5 million copies; it went on to sell nearly 20 million copies in America and gained platinum or gold status in over 30 countries worlwide; the album contained a series of memorable singles like "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Back In Black", "Hells Bells", "Shoot To Thrill" and more.
During 1981 the group re-issued in the U.S. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", it peaked at #3 on the Pop Albums chart; they also recorded "For Those About To Rock" which climbed to the top of the American Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart; the title-track reached the #4 position on The Mainstream Rock Tracks, "Let's Get It Up" hit #9 and "Put The Finger On You" reached #38 on the same chart.
Their next album was released in the summer of 1983, but "Flick Of The Switch" showed AC/DC declining with record sales, however it peaked at #15 on The Billboard 200 chart producing two smaller-scale Mainstream Rock hits with the title-track and "Guns For Hire". Rudd then left the band to become a helicopter pilot in New Zealand, he was replaced by drummer Simon Wright.

In the rest of the '80s they recorded three albums, 1985's "Fly On The Wall" and 1986's "Who Made Who", both barely sneaked into the top 40 in the U.S. chart, the latter yielded a new Mainstream Rock top 30 hit with its title-song.
February 1988 saw the release of "Blow Up Your Video" that put AC/DC back on the right track commercially, it peaked at #12 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; the driving album opener, "Heatseeker", turned out to be a surprising top 10 single in the U.K. and climbed into the top 20 of the U.S. Active Rock list; the follow-up single, "That's The Way I Wanna Rock & Roll", reached the #26 spot on The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
After the departure of Wright, which was replaced by drummer Chris Slade, the band released their 13th studio-album, "The Razor's Edge", in September 1990, the disc hit #4 in U.K. and #2 in U.S. while "Moneytalks" shot to #3 on The Mainstream Rock list; "Thunderstruck" hit #5 and "Are You Ready" peaked at #16 on the same chart.
AC/DC in 1993 released a single for "Last Action Hero" movie soundtrack entitled "Big Gun" and after twenty years from their foundation, the band reached for the first time the #1 spot on The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Two years later the group returned to action with Phil Rudd settled, after eleven years, behind the drum kit and in September 1995 AC/DC unleashed "Ballbreaker", the record blasted onto the top 5 of The Billboard 200 chart reachig in few weeks the platinum status; its main single, "Hard As A Rock", was bulleted at #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart and "Cover You In Oil" peaked #9.
In fall 1997, the band issued "Bonfire", a five-CD box set as a tribute to Bon Scott.
The follow-up, 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip", proved their popularity once again, in fact the album hit #7 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, spawning four Active Rock radio top 40 hit singles: the title-track soared to the #1 spot, "Satellite Blues" peaked at #7, "Meltdown" reached #22 and "Safe In New York City" weighed in at #21.

In over 30 years, AC/DC never changed their minimalist, bone-crunching Hard-Rock; the band are ready to melt fans with their new album, "Black Ice" which includes the new single, "Rock 'n Roll Train".



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    AC/DC late '80s line-up L>R: C.Williams, M.Young, A. Young, C.Slade, B.Johnson