AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who
have remained constant members.
They are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always
dubbed their music as simply "rock and roll". To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time.
Sydney, New South Wales,
Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll
Geordie, The Easybeats, Fraternity, The Valentines, Marcus Hook Roll Band, Rhino Bucket
Were formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young after his band, the Velvet Underground, collapsed
Got Their Start:
With his younger brother Angus (15, at the time) as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs around Sydney
estimated at over 200 million copies worldwide
with the 1979 album Highway to Hell.
It became the first AC/DC LP to break into the US top 100 and it propelled AC/DC into the top ranks of hard rock acts.
The 1980 album Back in Black went on to become their biggeswt success,
selling over 21 million in the US alone and 50+ world wide
(recorded months following Bon Scott's death on February 20th, 1980)
"Bon Scott era (1974-80)" and the "Brian Johnson era (1980-present)".
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, the brothers Angus, Malcolm and George Young moved with their family to Sydney as children
This trademark style was from their actual uniform at Ashfield Boys High School, in Sydney. It was suggested by their sister Margaret
The band got their name from their sister's sewing machine. It said AC/DC, and that just stuck in their heads. It meant "alternating current/direct current"
Angus Young -
lead guitar (1973-present)
Phil Rudd -
drums (1975-1983, 1994-present)
Cliff Williams -
bass, backing vocals (1977-present)
Brian Johnson -
lead vocals (1980-present)
Malcolm Young - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973-2014)
Bon Scott - lead vocals (1974-1980)
Mark Evans - bass guitar (1975-1977)
Simon Wright - drums (1983-1989)
Chris Slade - drums (1989-1994)
"I've seen Bon drink three bottles of Bourbon straight off...even though he did like to drink and have a crazy time, he was always there when you needed him to do his job"
"I was annoyed that Bon wasn't given the respect due when he was alive."
"We saw more of [Bon] than his family did, especially us three. It was always me, Bon & Malcolm. We hung out together. Go to clubs together, get thrown out of clubs together..."
"One second he was there, you could see him in the booth then the next second he was down! The guys doing the recording kept asking Bon to do the line one more time, and every time he kept givin' his all, but in between takes you could hear him drinkin' down whiskey, (if you listen really close you can hear it on the album!) it was like: With a bullet in his back... Guzzle, guzzle, guzzle... With a bullet in his back... Guzzle guzzle guzzle. And finally on the last one (the one we used on the record) he just gave it everything he had and passed out, we all kinda went around and just seen him there on the floor"
Have you got any kids?"
"My wife says I'm the only one"
"I'm sick to death of people saying we've made 11 albums that sounds exactly the same, Infact, we've made 12 albums that sound exactly the same"
"I've been on the road for fifteen years and I had no intent to stop. We meet a lot of people, we drink lots of stuff and have lots of fun"
"I was in a band called the valentines and they broke up last week. -laughs"
"We never care about labels such as punk, psyedellic or whatever else."
"Style, I didn't think we had any! I just plug in and hit the thing really hard. That's my style...or lack of one!"
"I just go where the guitar takes me."
"I'd like to do a whole string of concerts headlining as big as this one is today. The more people they can give us upfront the harder we play."
Bon Scott, Newsbeat 1978
"We'd been drinking in the airport bar for about ten minutes when I says, 'don't you think it's time we caught our plane?' and she says, 'What do you mean our plane? Im staying here.' I runs back and the f*ckin' planes gone. Anway she takes me to this black bar and she's Mexican-and I starts drinkin' and playin' pool. I had a goodnight, beatin' every bastard. After about two hours playin' this big titted black chick and beatin' her too, I happen to look and the bar is goin', 'Grrr.' I think, 'Uh oh Bon,' I gives her another game and lose nine to one. 'Anyone else want to beat me?' I says. So I escapes with me life, only barely-and I made it to the gig in Austin."
"Punk and all that was just an image that ripped people off. Johnny Rotten's a wanker, and that's all there is to it."
1988 ARIA Award's Hall Of Fame Award
American Music Awards - 1 Nomination
APRA Awards - 6 Wins, 8 Nomination
ARIA Music Awards - 4 Wins, 6 Nomination
Grammy Awards - 1 Win, 7 Nomination
MTV Video Music Awards - 1 Nomination
Rock on Request Awards - 1 Win, 1 Nomination