AC/DC

AC/DC are a hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Although the band are considered pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, its members have always classified their music as “rock ‘n’ roll“.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff WilliamsMark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott’s replacement. Later that year, the band released their best selling album, Back in Black. replaced

The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band’s 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics. A new album was announced in 2004 and is expected in late 2008.

AC/DC have sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide, including 68 million albums in the US. Back in Black and 22 million in the US alone, making it the 5th highest-selling album ever in the US. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and the seventh “Greatest Heavy Metal Band Of All Time” by MTV. has sold an estimated 42 million units worldwide

Angus and Malcolm Young developed the idea for the band’s name after seeing the acronym “AC/DC” on the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret. “AC/DC” is an abbreviation for “alternating current/direct current“, which indicates that an electrical device can use either type of power. The brothers felt that this name symbolised the band’s raw energy and power-driven performances, and the name stuck. In some cultures, “AC/DC” is a slang term for bisexuality; the band have said that they were not aware of this usage until it was brought to their attention by a taxi driver one night after a concert early in their career. Some religious figures have suggested that the name stands for “Anti-Christ/Devil’s Child(ren)”, “Anti-Christ/Death to Christ” and “After Christ/Devil Comes”.”AC/DC” is pronounced one letter at a time, though the band is popularly known as “Acca Dacca” in Australia.

Brothers Angus, Malcolm, and George Young were born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Sydney, Australiaguitar. He became a member of The Easybeats, Australia’s most successful band of the 1960s. In 1966, they became the first local rock act to have an international hit, with the song “Friday On My Mind“. Malcolm followed in George’s footsteps by playing with a Newcastle, New South Wales band called The Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the New York-based The Velvet Underground). with most of their family in 1963. George was the first to learn to play the

In November 1973, Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC and recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, and Colin Burgess, ex-The Masters Apprentices drummer. The band played their first gig at a club named Chequers in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, 1973. They were later signed to the EMI-distributed Albert ProductionsNew Zealand. The early line-up of the band changed often; Colin Burgess was the first member fired, and several bassists and drummers passed through the band during the next year. label for Australia and

By this time, Angus Young had adopted his characteristic school uniform stage outfit. The original uniform was reputedly from his secondary school, Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney; the idea was his sister Margaret’s. Angus had tried other costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang. In fact in its early days, most members of the band dressed in some form of glam or satin outfit but this approach was abandoned when it was discovered Melbourne band Skyhooks had already adopted this approach to their stage presentation.

The Young brothers decided that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the group, because they felt he was more of a glam rocker like Gary Glitter. On stage, Evans was occasionally replaced by the band’s first manager, Dennis Laughlin, who was the original lead singer with Sherbet prior to Daryl Braithwaite joining the band. Evans had interpersonal problems with Laughlin, which also contributed to the band’s ill feeling toward Evans. Meanwhile Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott, an experienced vocalist and friend of George Young’s, was interested in becoming their vocalist.

In September 1974, Bon Scott replaced Dave Evans. The band had recorded only one single with Evans, “Can I Sit Next to You” / “Rockin’ in the Parlour”, and “Can I Sit Next to You” was eventually re-recorded with Bon Scott under the title “Can I Sit Next to You Girl“.

By January 1975, the Australia-only album High Voltage had been recorded.It was the second album to Jailbreak. It took only ten days and was based on instrumental songs written by the Young brothers, with lyrics added by Scott. Within a few months, the band’s line-up had stabilised, featuring Scott, the Young brothers, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd. Later that year they released the single “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)“, which became their perennial rock anthem. It was included on their second album, T.N.T., which was also released only in Australia and New Zealand. The album featured another classic song, “High Voltage“.

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One Response to “AC/DC”

  1. hi, im a drummer tryin to make a living out of something i love doing. I hope that if i go big ill be abel to meet you all! Cai Edwards

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