"AC/DC" is not the abbreviation of Alternative Current/Direct Current of the commonly known terminology of electrical engineering, but it is the musical band formed by Angus Young and Malcolm Young in Sydney, Australia, back in 1973. The band created a history of sorts in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll’ music across the world.
The band's style is known by different names. It is called a hard rock band, rock ‘n’ roll band, blue band and heavy metal band. The impetus in the names that is conveyed is on the hard side or shocking or thrilling side of the music. AC/DC released its first album, entitled “High Voltage" – adopting an idiom from electrical engineering - in 1975.
AC/DC's remarkable success can be seen in terms of worldwide sale of its albums to a tune of 150 million albums and getting ranked at number four on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, which indeed vouches for its popularity.
AC/DC Band Members:
The band was originally formed of the following members:
1. Late Bon Scott
2. Dave Evans
3. Mark Evans
4. Chris Slade
5. Simon Wright
The present members of AC/DC are as follows:
1. Angus, lead guitar
2. Malcolm Young, rhythm guitar
3. Brian Johnson, vocals
4. Cliff Williams, bass
5. Phil Rudd, drums
Changes in AC/DC Over Time
Even though the band faced a setback in 1978, with the departure of Mark Evans, Cliff Williams took his place and made good the team. The demise of Bon Scott, lead singer and co-songwriter, almost caused a death knell to the band. The band thereafter was rejuvenated with the induction of Brian Johnson. The departure of Phil Rudd, drummer in the year 1983 caused an irreparable loss to the band and it fell in bad times. With the return of Phil Rudd to the band in 1994, it had become strengthened and is now looking forward to its former glory.
Some popular albums of the band:
1 High Voltage (1975)
2. Highway to Hell (1979)
3. For Those about Rock, We Salute You (1980)
4. The Razor's Edge (1990)
5. Ball Breaker (1995)
6. Stiff Upper Lip (2000)
Where Are They Now?
In 2002 the band was featured in the “50 Bands to See Before You Die" list from Q Magazine. In 2003 Malcolm Young was awarded the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Music.
July 2003 saw AC/DC performing with the Rolling Stones and Rush in a concert in Toronto, Canada. The concert was to help the city overcome the effects of SARS epidemic and currently holds the record for the largest paid music event in North American history.
AC/DC is still active and is poised to bring out yet another record-breaking album in 2007. The band, since its inception in 1973, has been alive and kicking, in spite of several ups and downs. Given its track record over the years, it is bound to live up to its fans’ expectations in the years to come.
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