AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.[1] A hard rock/blues rock band,[2] their music has also been called heavy metal,[3][4][5][6] although they refer to themselves as "a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less".[7]

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised 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 considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott's parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist.[8] Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all-time best-seller.

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. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by ex-A II Z drummer Simon Wright, who left to join Dio in 1989. The band experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in favour of him, and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip, released in 2000, was well received by critics. The band's studio album Black Ice, released in 2008, was the second highest-selling album of that year, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide.[9] The band's line-up remained the same until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia and Rudd's legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring on account of worsening hearing loss, and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped in as the band's vocalist for the remainder of that year's dates. Long-term bass player and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from the band at the end of their 2016 Rock or Bust world tour.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States and the list of best-selling music artists.[10][11][12] Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second-highest-selling album by any artist – and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time.[13] AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock"[14][15] and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV.[16] In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as "the greatest rock and roll band of all time".[17] In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[18]



Black Ice
Black Ice is the fifteenth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's fourteenth internationally released studio album and the fifteenth in Australia.
Back in Black
Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records.
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on April 19, 2010 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Highway to Hell
Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 27 July 1979.

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Berlinale: Iranian film 'Khook' hooks with dark humor, AC/DC and Instagram likes
  –  February 23, 2018
he has a cult following for films like "Rendezvous in the Slaughterhouse," and owns a large collection of hard rock band t-shirts — a larger-than-life photo of Angus Young from band AC/DC adorns his bedroom wall. As Hasan waits for his ban to ...
Episode 24: AC/DC
  –  February 23, 2018
The gang breaks out their schoolboy uniforms and disconcertingly tiny shorts as they get dosed with ten thousand volts of AC/DC, one of the quintessential hard-rock groups of all time. After an opening debate on whether they’re properly an Australian or ...
AC/DC, Beyonce and the best Olympic figure skating music
  –  February 21, 2018
The women's individual figure skating event gets underway with the short program, and you'll instantly recognize some of the skaters' accompanying music, ranging from hard rock to modern pop. When you think figure skating, you probably don't jump to AC/DC ...
Bon Scott sculpture set for Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane
  –  March 6, 2018
Australian website reports that the three meter-high tribute to the late AC/DC vocalist will be revealed to the public ... 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock and roll band and its lead singer Bon Scott, but also to music ...
Bon Scott sculpture cranks up the rock in Melbourne's AC/DC Lane
  –  March 6, 2018
Now Melbourne-based artist Mike Makatron, who regularly paints murals in AC/DC Lane, has brought Scott's cheeky on ... permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock and roll band and its lead singer Bon Scott, but also to music in ...
Bon Scott Statue To Be Unveiled 6 March In AC/DC Lane
  –  March 2, 2018
A statue honouring Bon Scott will be unveiled in AC/DC Lane Melbourne on 6 March ... honour to add a permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock and roll band and its lead singer Bon Scott, but also to music in general,” Makatron ...
Melbourne's Famous AC/DC Lane To Honour Bon Scott With Permanent Sculpture
  –  March 1, 2018
Iconic late AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott is set to be honoured with a permanent ... an honour to add a permanent 3D element that pays tribute to a great Australian rock and roll band and its lead singer Bon Scott, but also to music in general," Makatron ...
AC/DC Reportedly To Record And Tour With Axl Rose
  –  February 6, 2018
One of Australia's most respected music writers with a career that spans more than a quarter of a century, Engleheart wrote the 2006 biography "AC/DC Maximum Rock and Roll: The Ultimate Story Of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." The biographer's ...


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