is a hard rock
band formed in Sydney
in 1973 by brothers Angus
and Malcolm Young
. The band are considered pioneers of hard rock
, alongside bands such as Led Zeppelin
, Deep Purple
, and Black Sabbath
. Its members, however, have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll
AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album, Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their biggest-selling album, Back in Black.
The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was the first hard rock album to reach #1 in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity, soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well-received by critics. Black Ice, which was released in October of 2008 has sold millions of copies. Also, the band has embarked on the Black Ice World Tour in support of the new album.
AC/DC have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including more than 68 million albums in the U.S. Back in Black has sold 49 million units worldwide, including 24 million in the U.S., making it the second-highest-selling album ever internationally, and the biggest-selling album by any band. The band is ranked fourth on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Clifford Williams (born 14 December 1949) is an English bassist and backing vocalist, who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC since mid-1977. He had started his professional music career in 1967 and was previously in the British groups Home and Bandit. His first studio album with AC/DC was Powerage in 1978. The band, including Williams, was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Williams's playing style is noted for basic bass lines which follow the rhythm guitar. Williams's side projects, while a member of AC/DC, include benefit concerts and playing with Emir & Frozen Camels on their album San (2002) and a European tour.
- ...that before deciding on his characteristic school uniform stage outfit (pictured), Angus Young also tried other costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman named Super-Ang?
- ...that Bon Scott ended his last album with AC/DC, Highway to Hell, with the phrase, "Shazbot, nanu-nanu", a quote from Robin Williams' character in the television show Mork and Mindy?
- ...that Angus and Malcolm Young claim they developed the idea for the band's name after seeing the acronym "AC/DC" on the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret?
- ...that Hayseed Dixie released an album called A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC which featured songs from Back in Black performed in a bluegrass style?
- ...that there is a street in Melbourne which is named after AC/DC?
- ...that the 1981 album, For Those About to Rock, was inspired by a book Angus Young read about Roman gladiators entitled For Those About To Die, We Salute You?
Back in Black is a hard rock album by Australian band AC/DC. It is the seventh Australian and sixth internationally released studio album by the band.
Released on 25 July 1980, Back in Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33, and was dedicated to him. The band considered disbanding following Scott's death, but they ultimately decided to continue and shortly thereafter hired Brian Johnson as their new lead singer and lyricist. Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had previously worked with AC/DC on Highway to Hell, was again brought in to produce. The recordings were made at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and Electric Lady Studios in New York, where the album was also mixed.
The album was remastered and re-released first in late 1994, then again in the Bonfire box set in 1997, and as part of the AC/DC Remasters Series in 2003 by George Marino. In addition, a Dualdisc version was released in 2004, featuring the album in enhanced LPCM Stereo format and the video documentary The Story of Back in Black.
It sold an estimated 49 million copies to date, making it the band's highest selling album and second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all-time as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.
- "It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you."
- — Bon Scott (when asked about touring)
- "I've never had a message for someone in my entire life. Except maybe to give out my room number."
- — Bon Scott
- "It's just rock and roll. A lot of times we get criticized for it. A lot of music papers come out with: 'When are they going to stop playing these three chords?' If you believe you shouldn't play just three chords it's pretty silly on their part. To us, the simpler a song is, the better, 'cause it's more in line with what the person on the street is."
- — Angus Young
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