|Australian rockers AC/DC have developed one of the most distinct sounds in all of music over a career that dates back to the 1970s. The band’s rock-metal sound has inspired legions of imitators that hope to capture AC/DC’s raw power and rebellious aura. Known for such hits as “Thunderstruck,” “Back in Black,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” and “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC continues to rock stages around the world. Buy your AC/DC tickets now to experience some of rock and roll’s all-time legends live!
In 1973, AC/DC formed in Australia after Malcolm Young’s previous group disbanded. With the help of his younger brother Angus on lead guitar, the two began performing in Sydney and the surrounding area. At the time, Angus was only 15 years old, and his sister suggested he wear his school uniform while performing on stage. This would become part of the band’s signature look that is still in place to this day. Dave Evans joined the brothers on lead vocals, and AC/DC was born.
The band relocated to Melbourne and soon picked up drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Mark Evans. During a performance, Dave Evans refused to go on stage, and the band convinced its chauffeur driver, Bon Scott to take his place. That fortuitous decision led to Scott becoming one of the most recognizable vocalists in rock and roll. With his powerful, raw singing ability and reputation for being a miscreant - Scott had several minor offenses on his criminal record - the crude identity of AC/DC was solidified.
The group became well-known throughout Australia, but it wouldn’t be until the decade came close to ending that AC/DC would see mainstream success in the U.S. During this era, AC/DC released four albums: High Voltage (1974), T.N.T. (1975), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) and Let There Be Rock (1977).
Rise to fame
AC/DC released a compilation of songs from its first two albums under the name of its freshman effort, High Voltage, in 1976 to audiences in the U.S. and U.K. This was enough to get the band some exposure, but it was the 1979 release of Highway to Hell that brought AC/DC widespread notoriety in the states. Tragically, Bon Scott died a year later after a drinking binge that resulted in him choking on his own vomit.
The loss of Scott was devastating for the band, but AC/DC found a replacement in Brian Johnson. AC/DC recorded Back in Black only a couple months later, which would bring the band superstar status in the U.S. and abroad. Over the following years, AC/DC became known around the world for its electrifying performances and rock anthems. In 1981, AC/DC topped American charts with the album For Those About To Rock We Salute You. Two years later, Rudd left the band and was replaced by Simon Wright.
Throughout the 1990s, AC/DC failed to have the same overwhelming success, but found a hit with the song “Thunderstruck” and continued to sell out major venues. By the late 2000s, AC/DC had released 16 albums and become one of the most respected rock bands in the world. The group’s music was an overarching motif in the Marvel blockbuster film “Iron Man 2,” and a compilation of hits was released in conjunction with the film.
In December 2014, AC/DC released a short album titled Rock or Bust, proving that the band can still rock with the best of them. Sadly, during the recording process, the band announced that Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia, and his nephew Stevie joined the band as a replacement. Despite these setbacks, AC/DC is slated to go on tour in 2015 and still carries the same energy for which its become renowned over the previous three and half decades.