AC/DC (formed 1973)
AC/DC are a heavy rock band from Australia that began their rise to fame with the debut album High Voltage.
Formation: The band's name was chosen after Angus and Malcolm Young spotted the logo on their sister's sewing machine. They decided that the acronym was a suitable representation of the band's raw energy and powerful performances. Born in Glasgow, Angus, Malcolm and George Young all moved with their family to Sydney, Australia, in 1963. George was the first of the brothers to learn guitar, and joined The Easybeats, a successful Australian rock band, with Malcolm following suit and joining The Velvet Underground (an Australian band, not their New York counterparts) AC/DC eventually formed in 1973, when Malcolm and Angus were joined by bassist Larry Van Kriedt, drummer Colin Burgess and vocalist Dave Evans. Their debut gig was at Chequers Club in Sydney, New Year's Eve, 1973. The band's line-up changed frequently during this early period, with Burgess being the first to get fired. The schoolboy uniform was adopted after Angus had tried a number of other stage outfits, including a gorilla and Spiderman. Having decided that Evans was an unsuitable front person for the band, they eventually settled on Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott. Bon Scott joined the band in 1974 and by January the next year, the debut album, High Voltage had been recorded.
Success, Highlights and Hard Times: Following the release of High Voltage, AC/DC released the single 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)', which became something of an anthem for the band and their fans. The band's success grew, thanks to a number of high profile Australian TV performances, as well as international tours with the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Blue Öyster Cult. A compilation of their first two albums, High Voltage and T.N.T. became the band's first album to be granted international distribution. Their next studio album was Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, followed by 1977's Let There Be Rock. Around this time, Mark Evans was fired, due to personal differences with Angus Young. He was replaced by Cliff Williams. Williams' debut studio appearance was on Powerage. The supporting tour for the album spawned the live recording, If You Want Blood, You've Got It, recorded in Glasgow's Apollo Theatre. Highway to Hell was the band's first album to break into the US Top 100 album chart, promoting them to the top rank of the world's hard rock acts at the time. In February 1980, Bon Scott passed away. The official cause of death was named as 'death by misadventure' and 'acute alcohol poisoning'. He was buried in Fremantle, Australia. After much deliberation, the band decided to continue, and recruited Brian Johnson to take up the mantle of AC/DC vocalist. He helped the band to finish writing the album Back In Black, which they had begun with Bon Scott. The album spawned the hits 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and 'Hells Bells'. The album has sold over 22 million copies, in the US alone. It was a UK number one and spent 131 weeks in the US album charts. For Those Of You About To Rock, We Salute You was released in 1981, to a positive critical and commercial response. In 1983, they self-produced the album Flick of The Switch, trying to return to their earlier raw production sound. It was around this time that Phil Rudd and Angus Young's differences came to a head. Rudd was replaced by Simon Wright and Wright was later replaced by Chris Slade. 1986 saw the band release a compilation album, Who Made Who, which was the soundtrack to Stephen King's film Maximum Overdrive. In 1994, Rudd was invited back into the band and replaced Slade. They released the album Ballbreaker with this line-up in place. In 2006, the band begun working on a new studio album and announced that it would be due for release in late 2008, for sale exclusively through WalMart stores.
The drummer surprisingly pleaded guilty to the charges, but was remanded on bail for sentencing in June.
Phil Rudd, the troubled drummer with rock titans AC/DC, pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs, a court has heard.
The embattled star, 60, had been scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday at the Tauranga district court in New Zealand, but has surprisingly entered a guilty plea the day before it is due to begin.
AC/DC without Phil Rudd in a promotional photo
Kicking off in August, the tour sees the band joined by Chris Slade and Stevie Young.
Rock legends AC/DC have finally announced the dates for their North American tour. The group will be travelling the world with 'Rock or Bust' and, while they've already announced their Europe dates which will run from May to July, they know unveil details of the North American leg in August, which kicks of in Foxborough and finishes up in September at the Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium.
AC/DC announce North American tour dates
The 'Rock or Bust' world tour will begin in Holland on May 5th 2015. The studio album, which was released on December 2nd 2014, was the first album released since the phenomenal success of 2008's 'Black Ice'; a record which became a worldwide chart topper and officially the second best-selling album in the world that year. It features new guitarist Stevie Young, replacing his uncle Malcolm Young following his dementia diagnosis. Drummer Phil Rudd has also been replaced for the forthcoming tour by the band's former drummer Chris Slade.
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Rudd still stands accused of threatening to kill and drug charges.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd still faces a plethora of charges in his alleged murder plot scandal, but has had the most significant of the lot withdrawn. A New Zealand crown solicitor has chosen not to proceed with the attempting to procure murder charge, but Rudd is still under fire on threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis charges, among others.
AC/DC's drummer Phil Rudd was absent from the band's recent press materials.
According to the New York Daily News, Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, had little to say about the case, when his client faced the crown court on Thursday. Mabey explained that the charge should never have been laid by the New Zealand Police, who allegedly pushed the case without consulting Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones, who agreed Thursday to strike the attempting to procure murder charge.
Phil Rudd was left off a press image of AC/DC last month.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, has been arrested in New Zealand and charged with ordering the murder of two men. A member of the Taurango Central division of New Zealand Police confirmed the arrested though did not provide any further details. According to Stuff, Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
Phil Rudd did not appear on a press image of AC/DC released last month
The legendary band's long-time drummer appeared in court on Thursday afternoon and was released on bail shortly afterwards. He is due back for a hearing in three weeks, when a trial date could be set.
Continue reading: AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Accused of Ordering Murder on Two Men
A family member has confirmed that the Aussi rock band's co-founder has been forced to retire due to being diagnosed with dementia, his nephew Stevie Young will become the new rhythm guitarist.
Since AC/DC announced that the band's co-founder Malcolm Young will be leaving indefinitely due to unspecified health reasons, after a career spanning over four decades as the rhythm guitarist, many fans of the Aussi rock group have speculated on the nature of his illness.
Malcolm Young [L] with the rest of AC/DC
Earlier last week, new reports surfaced that claimed Young was forced to call time on his rock career because he is suffering with dementia and has moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility, this unfortunate diagnosis has now been confirmed by one of the musician's family members.
The co-founder of Australia's most successful rock group reportedly retired after moving in full-time care in a nursing home due to suffering from dementia.
Only one day ago it was announced that the co-founder of Australia's most successful rock groups, AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has officially retired after a career spanning over four decades as the rhythm guitarist.
Malcolm Young [L] with the rest of AC/DC
In April, the 61 year-old musician initially left AC/DC because he was struggling with an undisclosed illness, and the they asked that people respect the privacy of Malcolm and his family at this difficult time.
Continue reading: Malcolm Young Reportedly Left AC/DC Due To Suffering From Dementia
Malcolm Young has left AC/DC.
One of the founding members of AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has announced he is leaving the band due to poor health. The exact nature of Young's illness has not been confirmed, but in a statement on the band's website they asked that people respect the privacy of Malcolm and his family at this difficult time.
Malcolm (Far Left) has been a member of the band since it was founded in 1973
The elder brother of the band's lead guitarist Angus Young, Malcolm was a founding member of the Australian rock band and played rhythm guitar for the group for a staggering forty years. It was announced that he would be taking a break from the band in April of this year, but now it seems his health problems are more serious than originally thought.
Continue reading: Malcolm Young Leaves AC/DC Due to Poor Health
The co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the iconic rock band will taking an extended period of time off from performing due to "ill health."
Guitarist Malcolm Young, who is co-founder of the iconic rock group, is taking time off from AC/DC to focus on his health. The Australian rockers made the announcement on their band's Facebook page Wednesday (April 16th), but no further details were given.
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young (far left) is leaving the band due to health issues
"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the statement read.
Continue reading: Malcolm Young Taking Break From AC/DC Due To Health Issues
The iconic rock band's founding member Malcolm Young is allegedly seriously ill, and the Australian media is reporting that they may retire because of this.
The iconic rock & roll band, AD/DC, could be close to calling it a day very soon. The Australian rockers, who have been on top of the rock music world for the past 4 decades, have been surrounded by rumors that claim they are on the verge of retiring.
Rumors claim AC/DC are about to retire
Allegedly the band's founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, is suffering from ongoing health issues.
Continue reading: AC/DC Verging Towards Retirement Amidst Health Concerns
Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.
Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame.
"Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful.” The words of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson to Reuters a month ago. How we praised these noble Australian rockers and their decision not to allow iTunes to sell their latest album Black Ice, what a man of conviction that BJ was.
Well, er, turns out he’s not quite as stoic in his views as we might’ve been led to believe. The BBC have announced that the group’s 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations are now available to buy on iTunes following the band coming to an agreement with Apple over the distribution of their music. Oh well that’s that then.
"It just worries me. And I'm sure they're just doing it all in the interest of making as much...cash as possible. Let's put it this way, it's certainly not for the...love, let's get that out of the way, right away”. No, that isn’t what someone was saying about AC/DC’s decision to finally sign with Apple – though it could well be – it’s in fact Johnson, again, uttering his worries about iTunes. Words that’s meaning has now disappeared like dust in the wind.
Continue reading: U-Turn For AC/DC Over iTunes Snub; Is Nothing Sacred?
AC/DC - one of the biggest bands to resist the transition into the digital age of music - have allowed their entire back catalogue of rock music to be sold by e-distribution giants Apple, via iTunes.
"AC/DC's thunderous and primal rock and roll has excited fans for generations with their raw and rebellious brand of music, which also resonates with millions of new fans discovering AC/DC everyday," Columbia Records and Apple, said in a statement announcing the deal, Reuters reports. "Their growing legion of fans will now experience the intensity of AC/DC's music in a way that has never been heard before," they added. Fans will be able to buy the whole lot - studio albums, live recordings and compilations - for £99.99. Alternatively, if you don't want the extra bit, and just fancy the 16 studio albums, they'll be available in a download bundle for £79.99, meaning each album will cost less than £5.
Other huge acts like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had previously resisted Apple in their quest to distribute music via their hugely popular iTunes format. This was largely to do with business clashes between Apple Records, part of Apple Corps (started by the Beatles) and Apple Computers in the case of The Beatles, and Atlantic Records in the case of Led Zeppelin, but, like AC/DC, Apple eventually came to agreements with both bands, and their respective record companies, to allow their music to be sold by them.