The band was formed in 1973 by guitarist Malcolm Young in Sydney, Australia. He recruited his younger brother Angus to play guitar. Angus was just 15 years old. They moved to Melbourne and solidified the lineup with bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd. Singer Dave Evans was replaced by Bon Scott. In 1975 their debut album was released in Australia. In 1976 material from their first two albums was compiled for the US release High Voltage.
Triumph And Tragedy:
AC/DCs next few albums found them climbing the worldwide charts. They had another lineup change in 1977 with bassist Cliff Williams joining the group. The band's early success culminated with 1979's Highway To Hell. Then tragedy struck with the death of lead singer Bon Scott on February 12, 1980 due to excessive drinking.
Even with that tragedy, AC/DC didn't miss a step. They immediately hired Brian Johnson and recorded Back In Black shortly thereafter. It has been the band's biggest selling album and one of the best selling albums of all time. Throughout the '80s the band had several other best-selling albums.
AC/DC is one of the longest running metal bands, having been around for over 30 years. Although they don't have the same commercial success as they did in their heydey, they continue to fill arenas on their concert tours and periodically release new albums. 2008's Black Ice was a critical and commercial success.
Brian Johnson - Vocals
Angus Young - Guitar
Malcolm Young - Guitar
Cliff Williams - Bass
Phil Rudd - Drums
Dave Evans - Vocals (1973-1974)
Ronald "Bon" Scott - Vocals (1974-1980) Died in 1980
Larry Van Kriedt - Bass (1973-1974, 1975)
Neil Smith - Bass (1974)
Rob Bailey - Bass (1974-1975)
Mark Evans - Bass (1975-1977)
Colin Burgess - Drums (1973-1974)
Noel Taylor - Drums (1974)
Peter Clack - Drums (1974-1975)
Simon Wright - Drums (1983-1989)
Chris Slade - Drums (1989-1994)
1975 High Voltage (Albert Productions)
1975 T.N.T. (Albert Productions)
1976 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Albert Productions)
1977 Let There Be Rock (Atlantic)
1978 Powerage (Atlantic)
1978 If You Want Blood (live) (Atlantic)
1979 Highway To Hell (Atlantic)
1980 Back In Black (Atlantic)
1981 For Those About To Rock (Atlantic)
1983 Flick Of The Switch (Atlantic)
1983 '74 Jailbreak EP (Atlantic)
1985 Fly On The Wall (Atlantic)
1988 Blow Up Your Video (Atlantic)
1990 The Razor's Edge (Atlantic)
1992 Live (Atlantic)
1995 Ballbreaker (Eastwest)
2000 Stiff Upper Lip (Elektra)
2008 Black Ice (Columbia)
Back In Black
This is one of the best selling and most well-known metal albums of all time. Even more amazing is that AC/DC released their two best albums in two consecutive years with two different lead singers. Bon Scott fans will prefer Highway To Hell, and Brian Johnson fans will like this one better. Both of them are classics, but I like Back In Black a little more. The main reason is that is contains the best party song of all time, "You Shook Me All Night Long."