AC/DC is one of the most influential and best-selling hard rock bands of all time. They are a staple of many classic rock playlists and have concerts that still pull in capable of. AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 made up of the brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, vocalist Bon Scott, bassist Mark Evans, and drummer Phil Rudd.
The story of Ac/DC begins with the Young brothers, Malcolm and Angus. Angus began playing guitar in the the band 'The Velvet Underground' at age 15 and it did not take long before his brother, Malcolm, joined him on rhythm guitar, just one year later. The two wrote music and formed a band with names like 'Marcus Hook Roll Band', and 'Kantuckee'. While further experimenting with these line-ups, the brothers eventually settled upon the upper-billing of AC DC and decided it was the name of their band.
The majority of AC/DCâ€™s early material was rooted in the British studio blues rock sound of the day; Flirting with the rockabilly found in move such as High Voltage and their debut album â€žT.N.T.â€œ, they worked toward a heavier sound featuring elements of good Vaudeville rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. This sound eventually evolved into their signature style featuring monstrous riffs and shouted choruses.
Throughout the '70s and the '80s, AC/DC released one supremely successful album after another, including Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Who Made Who. They toured extensively during this time, primarily playing shows in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. The band maintained a formidable presence on radio with singles like "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Back In Black". Though numerous lineup changes hindered the staying power of the band's early years, they enjoyed continued success as longtime front man Brian Johnson and bedrock drummer Phil Rudd returned in the '80s to help define the act as nearly indestructible.
Throughout the '90s and into the '00s, AC/DC released steady offerings of albums and live DVDs, beginning with the Razor's Edge record in 1990 and straggling into 2014's Rock or Bust. Airplay and single success for songs like "Thunderstruck," "Hell's Bells," and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" has not diminished in the decades since they've first charted; rather, AC/DC has bred into one of the most revered modern rock acts with an armory of memorable tunes and a legacy that should rock forever.
AC/DC has achieved enormous success with record sales estimated at more than 200 million copies worldwide. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hold eight Grammy Award wins, and were awarded the Australian Recording Industry Authority's (ARIA) highest honor, the ARIA Hall of Fame, for their contribution to the Australian music industry. With a fan base across all ages and four decades of hard rock to their credit, AC/DC continue to prove their lasting power as musical influencers.