AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although the band are commonly classified as hard rock and are considered a pioneer of heavy metal,  they have always classified their music as rock and roll.
AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their highest selling album, Back in Black.
The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and was replaced by future Dio drummer Simon Wright, though the band resurged in the early 1990s with the release of The Razor’s Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 (after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1990–1994, was asked to leave in favour of him) and contributed to the band’s 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics. Since then, the band has stayed the same with the 1980-1983 lineup. The band’s most recent album, Black Ice, was released on 20 October 2008. It was their biggest hit on the charts since „For Those About to Rock, reaching #1 on all the charts eventually. AC/DC’s newest studio album, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 was released on April 19, 2010.
As of 2008, AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States. Back in Black has sold an estimated 49 million units worldwide, making it the highest-selling album by any band and the 2nd highest-selling album in history, behind Thriller by Michael Jackson. The album has sold 22 million in the US alone, where it is the fifth-highest-selling album.  AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1’s list of the „100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and was named the seventh „Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” by MTV. In 2004, the band was ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the „100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

Band members:

  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present)
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–present)
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–present)
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion (1975–1983, 1994–present)

Former members

  • Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–74)
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–80)†
  • Mark Evans – bass guitar, backing vocals (1975–77)
  • Simon Wright – drums, percussion (1983–89)
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion (1989–94)

AC/DC, from L-R: Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young and Cliff Williams, live in Tacoma, Washington, 31 August 2009.

Discography:

  • High Voltage (Australia) (1975) T.N.T. (1975) 
  • High Voltage (International) (1976)
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) 
  • Let There Be Rock (1977) 
  • Powerage (1978)
  • If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978) (live album) 
  • Highway to Hell (1979)
  • Back in Black (1980) 
  • For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981) 
  • Flick of the Switch (1983) 
  • ’74 Jailbreak (1984 USA) (compilation album) 
  • Fly on the Wall (1985) 
  • Who Made Who (1986) (soundtrack album) 
  • Blow Up Your Video (1988) 
  • The Razors Edge (1990) 
  • AC/DC Live (1992) (double live album) 
  • Ballbreaker (1995) 
  • Stiff Upper Lip (2000) 
  • Black Ice (2008) 
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) (soundtrack album)

Recognition:
AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2003.  During the ceremony the band performed „Highway to Hell” and „You Shook Me All Night Long”, with guest vocals provided by host Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He described the band’s power chords as „the thunder from down under that gives you the second-most-powerful surge that can flow through your body.” During the acceptance speech, Brian Johnson quoted their 1977 song „Let There Be Rock”.
In May 2003, Malcolm Young accepted a Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Music at the 2003 Music Winners Awards, during which he paid special tribute to Bon Scott.
On 1 October 2004, a central Melbourne thoroughfare, Corporation Lane, was renamed ACDC Lane in honour of the band. However, the City of Melbourne forbade the use of the slash character in street names, so the four letters were combined. The lane is near Swanston Street where, on the back of a truck, the band recorded their video for the 1975 hit „It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‚n’ Roll)”. Additionally, a street in Leganés (Comunidad de Madrid – Spain), was named „Calle de AC/DC” on 2 March 2000.
Since Nielsen SoundScan began to track music sales in 1991, AC/DC have sold over 26.4 million albums, making their sales figures third only to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, outselling both The Rolling Stones and The Who. Over the last five years, as CD sales have declined in general, AC/DC albums have sold just as well or better. They sold over 1.3 million CDs in the US during 2007 despite not having released a new album since 2001 at that point.
In 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America upgraded the group’s US sales figures from 69 million to 71 million, making AC/DC the fifth-best-selling band in US history and the ninth-best-selling artist, selling more albums than Madonna, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson. The RIAA also certified Back in Black as double Diamond (20 million) in US sales, and by 2007 the album had sold 22 million copies, which moved it into fifth place.

This band is legend. I think that everybody should know theirs songs. I like very much:

\”Highway to hell\”

\”You shook me all night long\”


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