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AC/DC

AC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s, and is now one of the defining sounds of rock and metal. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next two decades and enjoyed commercial success well into the 2000s, scoring their biggest hits after Brian Johnson replaced the departed Scott.

AC/DC were formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young after his previous band, the Velvet Underground, collapsed (Young's band has no relation to the seminal American group). With his younger brother Angus serving as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs around Sydney. Angus was only 15 years old at the time and his sister suggested that he should wear his school uniform on-stage; the look became the band's visual trademark. While still in Sydney, the original lineup featuring singer Dave Evans cut a single called "Can I Sit Next to You," with ex-Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young (Malcolm and Angus' older brother) producing.

The band moved to Melbourne the following year, where drummer Phil Rudd (formerly of the Coloured Balls) and bassist Mark Evans joined the lineup. The band's chauffeur, Bon Scott, became the lead vocalist when singer Dave Evans refused to go on-stage. Previously, Scott had been vocalist for the Australian prog rock bands Fraternity and the Valentines. More importantly, he helped cement the group's image as brutes -- he had several convictions on minor criminal offenses and was rejected by the Australian Army for being "socially maladjusted." And AC/DC were socially maladjusted. Throughout their career they favored crude double entendres and violent imagery, all spiked with a mischievous sense of fun.

The group released two albums -- High Voltage and T.N.T. -- in Australia in 1974 and 1975. Material from the two records comprised the 1976 release High Voltage in the U.S. and U.K.; the group also toured both countries. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap followed at the end of the year. In the fall of 1977, AC/DC released Let There Be Rock, which became their first album to chart in the U.S. Mark Evans left the band soon after, with Cliff Williams taking his place. Powerage, released in spring of 1978, expanded their audience even further, thanks in no small part to their dynamic live shows (which were captured on 1978's live If You Want Blood You've Got It). What really broke the doors down for the band was the following year's Highway to Hell, which hit number 17 in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K., becoming the group's first million-seller.

AC/DC's train was derailed when Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980. The official coroner's report stated he had "drunk himself to death." In March, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson. The following month, the band recorded Back in Black, which would prove to be its biggest album, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone. For the next few years, the band was one of the largest rock bands in the world, with For Those About to Rock We Salute You topping the charts in the U.S. In 1983, Rudd left the band after the recording of Flick of the Switch; he was replaced by Simon Wright.

With Flick of the Switch, AC/DC's commercial standing began to slip, and they weren't able to reverse their slide until 1990's The Razor's Edge, which spawned the hit "Thunderstruck." While not the commercial powerhouse they were during the late '70s and early '80s, the '90s saw AC/DC maintain their status as a top international concert draw. In the fall of 1995, their 16th album, Ballbreaker, was released. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album received some of the most positive reviews of AC/DC's career; it also entered the American charts at number four and sold over a million copies in its first six months of release. Stiff Upper Lip followed in early 2000 with similar results. AC/DC signed a multi-album deal with Sony the following year that resulted in a slew of reissues and DVDs, and they returned to the studio in 2008 for Black Ice, an all-new collection of songs that was followed by the group's first world tour since 2001. Two years later, the band's music was featured heavily in the action movie Iron Man 2, and a compilation was released in conjunction with the film under the title Iron Man 2.

As AC/DC began work on a new album with producer Brendan O'Brien in 2014, they announced that Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia and had left the band; his nephew Stevie Young took his place at the recording sessions and the accompanying 40th anniversary tour. Just prior to the December release of Rock or Bust, drummer Phil Rudd was arrested under charges of attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill, and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. Although the arranged murder charges were dropped, the other charges remained and the drummer's future with the band was uncertain. Nevertheless, AC/DC marched forward with the release of Rock or Bust and plans for a 2015 tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Angus was bisexual. He liked to wear skirts on stage.
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Well, also, that the attitude they had with Bon is something I truly believe in. Yes, I said... IS something I truly believe in. Hell, Jail Break, Soul Stripper, Ride On, Gone Shootin'.... This stuff has GRIT! And the way Angus executes, I mean his shreadin' is from the heart.... clean and soulful, yet, still the cat shreads! AND he's playin a guitar that gotta weigh as much as, if not more than, him!!!
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All I gotta say is, Angus... Angus... Angus...
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I've always loved ACDC.
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ROCK AND ROLL 4 EVER One of the greatest bands ever
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i'm sorry for telling haohmaruofth e w i n d to stop posting. even mentally stunted,obvi o u s l y retarded, four year olds should be allowed to post.i blame your parents for giving you the access and permission to be on this site.please tell them to jump off the tallest building they can find and take you with them.i promise the world will be a better place
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sorry cowgirl
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The only one highway to hell from Arkansas to Texas got busted 20 years ago. Just going to say it wasn't my weed i let a friend borrowed my truck, it didn't work. If only they didn't ask me to get out of the truck i would had it made
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A/C D/C was the first band I saw, it was f___cking great!!!!
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AC/DC forever... Keep on rocking
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Ac/Vdc
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Dirty deeds done, FREE!!!!! lol
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There's a new Megadeth cd coming out with 15 songs
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Bad boy boogie,nothi n g like this anymore!!!
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AC/DC is the best their is
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Love classic rock follow 4 follow
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I love this band Brian and Bon are the two greats
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They shake me all night long!
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U won't go wrong anywhere with AC/DC. or anytime!!!!!
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First band I ever got into heavily my favorite band ever!First band I ever daw live,Back in Black.Second best concert I ever saw with only Pink Floyd topping them.Saw Pink Floyd outside in the.pouring rain but was still the best concert I've ever seen.Pink Flody has always been noted for having one of the best light shows and because of the rain fog and mist made it the most denomination a l light shows I've ever seen.Blew my f**king mind,!Long live AC/DC and Pink Floyd forever!My two favorite ba
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cuz im tnt
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I think i listen to you shook me all night long every single day.... and sing along the whole time!
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haohmaru of wind on youtube
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I listen to them 247
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hey haohmaruofth e w i n d , y o u are a total idiot.stop posting until you have lost your virginity
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cra_z_mofo
greatest band ever
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You Shook Me All Night Long: THIS is one of my most favorite bands of all time. I LOVE AC/DC....YEA . :-)
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I once crossed a continent driving non stop to 8 albums of ACDC. You'd think I'd have overdosed. Not a chance and Dirty Deeds is one of the best by AccaDacca.
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Acdc rocks
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highway to hell makes me depressed but i like the a5 chords on it.
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haohmaru of wind on youtube
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Acdc will forever withstand the test of time riding on the highway to hell with the windows down and the radio up
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One of my favorite band !! You should check out the youtube channel HyenaWafflz its awesome.
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for those about to rock is from 1981
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The old guys kicked a** at coachella those kids didn't know what the hell hit them
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Have a Drink On Me,,, nothin better... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Hillary banks from fresh Prince ??
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Badass!
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And ice cream.
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Ooh!
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I like ACDC and cake
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Very great band there
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FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK!!! WE SALUTE YOU!!!!!!!
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1 of the best bands ever !
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I love you guys
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Love you bon
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Cause I'm TNT !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! WATCH ME EXPLODE!!!!! ! ! ! ! <3
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AC/DC Pure rock and roll baby
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for those about to rock is from 1981
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