In The Beginnning
ACDC was "born" in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. The band was originally founded by Malcolm and Angus was the last "original" member to join. It's said that when the 2 brothers informed their parents that they were playing together in a band they laughed. The boys parents told them they wouldn't last a week because the two fought so much.
What ever they did it worked. The 2 with help and advice from their older brother and established rocker George Young went on to build one of the hardest rocking bands of all time. Malcolm pounded out bone crunching rhythms and younger brother Angus picked out brilliantly powerful leads. The duo's sound melded into a virtual hard rock nuclear power plant.
Let There Be Rock
There is a level of disagreement by fans and critics as to the "brand" of rock and roll that ACDC plays. The members of ACDC have always classified their skull crushing sound as rock and roll.
It has been said that ACDC put on one of the best rock shows ever. I've personally never seen anybody put so much energy and effort into a performance as Angus Young, EVER!
It could easily be argued that he was the hardest working showman in the industry at the time and possibly since.
When you see ACDC in concert you walk away feeling like you have experienced some kind of super human event. From the moment Angus belts out the very first power chord the air seems to charge with pure raw energy. As the show goes on the electricity in the air intensifies and the crowd becomes even more bewildered by the spectacle on stage. You truly wonder how in the hell anybody could produce enough energy to put on such a powerful performance continuously for such a long stretch of time. Raw energy, quality hard core sound, endurance and pure all out showmanship was the basic formula that equaled success for ACDC.
This being said ACDC became known as a live band.
AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark 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.
The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was their first album to reach No. 1 in the United States. Drummer Phil Rudd left ACDC in 1983. Record sales declined until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned to the band 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 supposed to begin recording early March 2008.
AC/DC has sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide, including 68 million albums in the US. Back in Black has sold an estimated 42 million units worldwide and 22 million in the US alone, making it the 5th highest-selling album ever in the USA. AC/DC is ranked fourth on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and were ranked by MTV the 7th "Greatest Heavy Metal Band Of All Time".
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In The Beginnning