List of AC/DC members

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Members of AC/DC performing live in 2009 (top) and 2015 (bottom).

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney. Formed in November 1973, the group originally consisted of vocalist Dave Evans, lead guitarist Angus Young, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young (his older brother), bassist Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess. The band's current lineup features Angus Young, drummer Chris Slade (originally a member from 1989 to 1994, and currently since 2015), rhythm guitarist Stevie Young (nephew of Angus and Malcolm Young, a member since 2014), and vocalist Axl Rose (since 2016). Bassist Cliff Williams retired at the end of the band's most recent tour in 2016, with his replacement currently unconfirmed.

History[edit]

1973–1994[edit]

AC/DC were formed in November 1973 by brothers Angus (lead guitar) and Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), with the original lineup also including vocalist Dave Evans, bassist Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess.[1] The band's first single "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" was released after the departure of Van Kriedt, with a third Young brother, producer George, filling in on bass.[2] AC/DC subsequently went through numerous early personnel changes, including replacing Dave Evans with Bon Scott in time for the recording of their debut Australian album High Voltage, which also featured contributions from George Young and session drummer Tony Currenti.[3] By early 1975, the band had settled on a lineup of Angus and Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd.[4]

Shortly after the release of Let There Be Rock in 1977, Evans was fired from AC/DC due to growing tensions with the Young brothers.[5] He was replaced by English bassist Cliff Williams.[6] After two more studio albums, Scott died on 19 February 1980 of acute alcohol poisoning.[7] The band briefly considered breaking up, but later enlisted former Geordie frontman Brian Johnson as Scott's replacement.[8] In 1983, following an altercation with Malcolm Young and ongoing problems with substance abuse, Rudd was fired from AC/DC.[9] He was replaced by Simon Wright, who remained until 1989 before joining Dio.[10] Wright was replaced by Welsh drummer Chris Slade for five years, before Rudd returned in late 1994 during sessions for the group's thirteenth studio album Ballbreaker.[11]

1994 onwards[edit]

The lineup of AC/DC remained stable until April 2014, when Malcolm Young retired due to ill health.[12] The group recorded Rock or Bust with Stevie Young, Angus and Malcolm's nephew,[13] who was made an official band member in September.[14] Rudd was later arrested and pleaded guilty to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant, with Slade returning to replace him on the Rock or Bust World Tour.[15] In March 2016, several shows were cancelled after Johnson was ordered by doctors to cease touring due to "severe hearing problems".[16] The following month, it was announced that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose would replace Johnson for all future tour dates.[17] Long-term bassist Cliff Williams retired after the tour, with his last show taking place on 20 September 2016.[18]

Following the conclusion of the Rock or Bust World Tour, it was reported that Angus Young, Stevie Young and Rose would continue AC/DC with new musicians once the Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour had concluded, with a new studio album planned.[19] Malcolm and George Young both died in late 2017.[20] In early 2019, reports began to circulate that Johnson, Williams and Rudd had returned to AC/DC to record a new album as a tribute to Malcolm Young, using archived guitar parts that the brothers had recorded earlier; the report also indicated that Johnson would perform live with the band to promote the new album.[21]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
AngusYoung.JPG
Angus Young 1973–present
  • lead guitar
  • occasional backing vocals
all AC/DC releases
Chris Slade (cropped).JPG
Chris Slade
  • 1989–1994
  • 2015–present
  • drums
  • percussion
Stevie Young with ACDC Tacoma WA Feb 2 2016.jpg
Stevie Young
  • 1988 (touring)
  • 2014–present
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
Rock or Bust (2014). Also replaced Malcolm Young for the US leg of the Blow Up Your Video World Tour while Malcolm was recovering from health problems.[22]
Guns n´Roses Palacio de los Deportes 30-11-2016 (31739548255).jpg
Axl Rose 2016–present lead vocals none to date – live performances only

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Malcolm Young en 2010.jpg
Malcolm Young 1973–2014 (died 2017)
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
all AC/DC releases from "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" (1974) to Live at River Plate (2012)
Dave Evans.jpg
Dave Evans
  • 1973–1974
lead vocals "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" (1974)
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Larry Van Kriedt
  • bass guitar
  • saxophone
none – live performances only[23]
Colin Burgess drums "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" (1974)
Neil Smith 1974 (died 2013) bass none – live performances only[24]
Ron Carpenter 1974 drums
Noel Taylor
Rob Bailey 1974–1975 bass High Voltage (1975)
Peter Clack drums High Voltage (1975) – "Baby, Please Don't Go" only
Singer-bon-scott-star-smile-photos-tattoos.jpg
Bon Scott 1974–1980 (until his death)
  • lead vocals
  • bagpipes
all AC/DC releases from High Voltage (1975) to Highway to Hell (1979)
Phil Rudd - Manchester Apollo.jpg
Phil Rudd
  • 1975–1983
  • 1994–2015
  • drums
  • percussion
all AC/DC releases from T.N.T. (1975) to Flick of the Switch (1983), and from Ballbreaker (1995) to Rock or Bust (2014)
Paul Matters 1975 bass none – live performances only[25]
Mark Evans performing with Rose Tattoo in Birmingham, UK, 11 September 2018 (cropped).png
Mark Evans 1975–1977 all AC/DC releases from T.N.T. (1975) to Let There Be Rock (1977)
CliffWilliams.JPG
Cliff Williams 1977–2016
  • bass
  • backing vocals
all AC/DC releases from Powerage (1978) to Rock or Bust (2014)
Brian Johnson.jpg
Brian Johnson 1980–2016 lead vocals all AC/DC releases from Back in Black (1980) to Rock or Bust (2014)
Acdc simon wright.jpg
Simon Wright 1983–1989
  • drums
  • percussion

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Notes
George Young 1974–1975 (died 2017)
  • bass guitar
  • backing vocals
Young filled in on bass on several occasions during the band's early shows, amid frequent lineup changes.[26]
Dennis Loughlin 1974 (died 2019) lead vocals Loughlin, the band's manager at the time, would occasionally substitute for Dave Evans during early shows.[27]
Bruce Howe 1975 bass guitar Howe, Bon Scott's former bandmate in Fraternity, performed bass a number of times with the group.[26]
Paul Gregg 1991 Gregg replaced Cliff Williams for several shows on the US leg of the Razors Edge World Tour due to illness.[28]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
November 1973 – February 1974 none
February 1974
  • Dave Evans – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Larry Van Kriedt – bass, saxophone
  • George Young – drums (substitute)
February 1974
  • Dave Evans – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Colin Burgess – drums
  • George Young – bass (session)
February – April 1974
  • Dave Evans – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Neil Smith – bass
  • Noel Taylor – drums
none
April – September 1974
  • Dave Evans – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Rob Bailey – bass
  • Peter Clack – drums
September 1974 – January 1975
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Rob Bailey – bass
  • Peter Clack – drums
January – February 1975
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
  • George Young – bass (substitute)
none
February – March 1975
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Matters – bass
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
March 1975
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
  • George Young – bass (substitute)
March 1975 – May 1977
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Evans – bass
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
May 1977 – February 1980
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
March 1980 – April 1983
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
May 1983 – November 1989
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Wright – drums, percussion
November 1989 – August 1994
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion
August 1994 – April 2014
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
April 2014 – February 2015
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion
February 2015 – April 2016
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion
none
April – September 2016
  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion
September 2016 – present
  • Axl Rose – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion

Bibliography[edit]

  • Masino, Susan (15 May 2009), Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC, London, England: Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0825634697
  • Wall, Mick (1 October 2012), AC/DC: Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, London, England: Orion, ISBN 978-1409115342

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