groove

AC/DC

About

AC/DC (stylised as ACϟDC) are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal, but the band themselves call it simply "rock and roll".AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, 1975's High Voltage. Membership subsequently stabilised around the Young brothers, singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd, and bassist Mark Evans. Evans was fired from the band in 1977 and replaced by Cliff Williams, who has appeared on every AC/DC album since 1978's Powerage. In February 1980, about seven months after the release of their breakthrough album Highway to Hell, Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking. The group considered disbanding but elected to stay together, bringing in longtime Geordie vocalist Brian Johnson as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their first album with Johnson, Back in Black, which was dedicated to Scott's memory. The album launched AC/DC to new heights of success and became one of the best selling albums of all time.

The band's eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981), was their first album to reach number one in the United States. Prior to the release of their next album, Flick of the Switch (1983), Rudd left the band and was replaced by Simon Wright, being in turn replaced by Chris Slade in 1989. The band experienced a commercial resurgence in the early nineties with the release of their twelfth studio album The Razors Edge (1990); it was their only album to feature Slade, who was replaced by the returning Rudd in 1994. Rudd has since recorded five more albums with the band, starting with, and including, Ballbreaker (1995). Their fifteenth studio album Black Ice was the second-highest-selling album of 2008, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 worldwide.The band's line-up remained the same for twenty years, until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia (he died in 2017) and Rudd's legal troubles. Malcolm was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, who debuted on AC/DC's 2014 album Rock or Bust, and on its accompanying tour, previous drummer Chris Slade filled in for Rudd. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring due to worsening hearing loss. Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped in as the band's vocalist for the remainder of that year's dates. Long-term bass player and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from AC/DC at the end of the Rock or Bust tour in 2016 and the group entered a four-year hiatus. A reunion of the Rock or Bust lineup was announced in September 2020 and the band's seventeenth studio album Power Up was released two months later.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 75 million albums in the United States, making them the ninth-highest-selling artist in the United States and the 16th-best-selling artist worldwide. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second-highest-selling album by any artist, and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 25 million units in the US, where it is the fourth highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 March 2003. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as "the greatest rock and roll band of all time". In 2010, VH1 ranked AC/DC number 23 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

Articles

July 25, 2022

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’

The pair take on AC/DC's 1980 classic for the latest instalment in their Sunday Lunch series The post Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

June 9, 2022

Watch Guns N’ Roses cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ for the first time ever

GN’R’s continued nod to AC/DC’s back catalogue continues The post Watch Guns N’ Roses cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ for the first time ever appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

June 8, 2022

Watch Guns N’ Roses Cover AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ for the First Time

Axl Rose and company have been playing AC/DC songs since their earliest days on the sunset strip club scene, but this is their first time tackling the 1980 classic

www.rollingstone.com

June 5, 2022

Watch Guns N’ Roses cover AC/DC and play rarities at first show of 2022

The band aired 'Reckless Life' and the original version of 'You're Crazy' for the first time in 30 years The post Watch Guns N’ Roses cover AC/DC and play rarities at first show of 2022 appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

June 5, 2022

Watch Guns N’ Roses Play ‘Reckless Life,’ Original ‘You’re Crazy’ Live for First Time in 30 Years

Axl Rose and company also debut cover of AC/DC's "Walk All Over You" at first show of 2022

www.rollingstone.com

May 9, 2022

Brother of AC/DC’s Bon Scott speaks for the first time in new documentary

The ‘Australian Story’ episode also features interviews with past bandmates and friends The post Brother of AC/DC’s Bon Scott speaks for the first time in new documentary appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

May 2, 2022

Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, The Who, AC/DC, Depeche Mode donate to Teenage Cancer Trust auction

Flights to New York and a VIP experience at The Who’s Madison Square Garden gig are up for grabs The post Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher, The Who, AC/DC, Depeche Mode donate to Teenage Cancer Trust auction appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

March 17, 2022

Watch Celine Dion Perform a Gender-Flipped Rendition of AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’

The singer's only foray into the hard-rock canon took place at the 2002 Divas Las Vegas event where she was joined by Anastacia and Meredith Brooks

www.rollingstone.com

January 27, 2022

From AC/DC to Zeppelin: 8 Best Band T-Shirts to Add to Your Collection

You don't have to be rock fan to love these graphic tees.

www.billboard.com

January 7, 2022

‘Cobra Kai’ creators say they “can’t afford” to use AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in the series

In a recent interview, Jon Hurwitz revealed his "fantasy" of having "nonstop AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses" on the show The post ‘Cobra Kai’ creators say they “can’t afford” to use AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in the series appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

December 13, 2021

Brad Pitt and Damien Quintard Reopening Historic French Recording Studio

The recently renovated Miraval Studios hosted sessions for Pink Floyd, AC/DC, the Cure, Sade, and others

pitchfork.com

December 5, 2021

Prince William starts the week by headbanging to AC/DC: “It’s the best tonic for a Monday morning”

“I'd imagine you're going to walk quite fast listening to it, maybe with a skip in your step,” Prince William said The post Prince William starts the week by headbanging to AC/DC: “It’s the best tonic for a Monday morning” appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

December 2, 2021

The Year in Rock & Alternative Charts 2021: Glass Animals Are Top Rock Artist After ‘Heat Waves’ Hot Streak

Plus: Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Maneskin & Foo Fighters are among the acts that made waves on the alternative, hard rock and Adult Alternative airplay charts in 2021.

www.billboard.com

November 3, 2021

AC/DC Joins Billion Views Club on YouTube – But Not With the Song You’d Expect

AC/DC sees its first video join the informal Billion Views Club on YouTube.

www.billboard.com

October 27, 2021

Mötley Crüe Tommy Lee’s gives approval to viral gyroscope drummer

Soundtracked by AC/DC, the clip has been viewed almost 9million times on TikTok The post Mötley Crüe Tommy Lee’s gives approval to viral gyroscope drummer appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

October 20, 2021

Dave Grohl says watching Nandi Bushell play the drums is “the true meaning of rock’n’roll”

"That is as inspiring as any Beatles record, any Zeppelin record, any AC/DC record, any Stones record" The post Dave Grohl says watching Nandi Bushell play the drums is “the true meaning of rock’n’roll” appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

August 4, 2021

Hear Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder Cover AC/DC Classic

Fiery rendition of "Highway to Hell" features on Morello's pandemic-recorded LP The Atlas Underground Fire, out October 15th

www.rollingstone.com

August 4, 2021

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Cover AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

From Morello’s new album The Atlas Underground Fire, which also features Phantogram, Chris Stapleton, and others

pitchfork.com

August 4, 2021

Listen to Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder cover AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ for new album

Morello's ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ LP also features the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Damian Marley The post Listen to Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder cover AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ for new album appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

July 15, 2021

Two special AC/DC craft beers are coming soon

The beverages have been authorised by the legendary band The post Two special AC/DC craft beers are coming soon appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

July 12, 2021

Sony Music Publishing to Represent AC/DC, Vanda, Young and Wright Catalogs

AC/DC’s entire catalog will be administered by Sony Music Publishing on a worldwide basis through a new partnership struck with Alberts.

www.billboard.com

July 8, 2021

Family of AC/DC’s Bon Scott launch fan site on late singer’s 75th birthday

New stories and tributes from renowned rockers will feature on the site The post Family of AC/DC’s Bon Scott launch fan site on late singer’s 75th birthday appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

June 10, 2021

Watch AC/DC conjure up the dark arts in their new video for ‘Witch’s Spell’

The latest highlight from the Aussie rock icons’ 17th album The post Watch AC/DC conjure up the dark arts in their new video for ‘Witch’s Spell’ appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

June 9, 2021

AC/DC Conjure Up New Video for ‘Witch’s Spell’

Band to release picture disc of latest Power Up single for Record Store Day

www.rollingstone.com

May 17, 2021

KISS’ Gene Simmons on first meeting AC/DC’s Angus Young: “He didn’t have front teeth”

"I said, 'That guy is rock and roll, that guy is real'" The post KISS’ Gene Simmons on first meeting AC/DC’s Angus Young: “He didn’t have front teeth” appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

May 4, 2021

Flashback: AC/DC Play ‘Back in Black’ at 1996 Sydney Gig

AC/DC should be gearing up to hit the road now that the pandemic is winding down, and here's a look back to a stunning show on the Ballbreaker tour

www.rollingstone.com

May 4, 2021

Watch Foo Fighters team up with Brian Johnson to cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’

The Foos appeared on the bill for the upcoming 'Vax Live' concert The post Watch Foo Fighters team up with Brian Johnson to cover AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

April 1, 2021

Malcolm Young slams original AC/DC singer in never-before-seen interview

"People cheered when he left" The post Malcolm Young slams original AC/DC singer in never-before-seen interview appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

March 22, 2021

Dave Grohl recalls meeting AC/DC with Paul McCartney after the Grammys

"It was one of the greatest nights of my entire life" The post Dave Grohl recalls meeting AC/DC with Paul McCartney after the Grammys appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

February 1, 2021

Funko Pop! launch new Motörhead and AC/DC classic album figures

Fans can now get hold of 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Highway To Hell' toys The post Funko Pop! launch new Motörhead and AC/DC classic album figures appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

www.nme.com

Discs

POWER UP

November 13, 2020

Play on spotify

Realize

November 11, 2020

Play on spotify

Shot In The Dark

October 7, 2020

Play on spotify

Rock or Bust

November 28, 2014

Play on spotify

Live at River Plate

November 19, 2012

Play on spotify

Black Ice

October 20, 2008

Play on spotify

Stiff Upper Lip

February 25, 2000

Play on spotify

Ballbreaker

September 22, 1995

Play on spotify

Live (Collector's Edition)

October 27, 1992

Play on spotify

Live

October 27, 1992

Play on spotify

The Razors Edge

September 24, 1990

Play on spotify

Blow Up Your Video

February 1, 1988

Play on spotify

Who Made Who

May 24, 1986

Play on spotify

Fly On the Wall

June 28, 1985

Play on spotify

'74 Jailbreak

October 15, 1984

Play on spotify

Flick of the Switch

August 15, 1983

Play on spotify

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

November 23, 1981

Play on spotify

Back In Black

July 25, 1980

Play on spotify

Highway to Hell

July 27, 1979

Play on spotify

If You Want Blood You've Got It (Live)

October 13, 1978

Play on spotify

Powerage

May 5, 1978

Play on spotify

Let There Be Rock

March 21, 1977

Play on spotify

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

September 20, 1976

Play on spotify

High Voltage

May 14, 1976

Play on spotify