It was hard for me to decide which band I was going to talk about, because I like a lot of groups and I couldn’t select a favourite one. At last I chose AC/DC, which probably is the biggest band of all times.
AC/DC was formed in 1973 in Sydney (Australia) by the brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who are the only original members that are left in the group nowadays. They released their first album “High Voltage” in 1975. This album had ten songs and it was only for sale in Australia. For this album, the formation was quite stable with Bon Scott as the lead singer, Mark Evans at the bass, Phil Rudd at the drums, and Angus and Malcolm playing the guitar.
The album was quite successful, so the guys started to work on a new album. This one was called “T.N.T” and it contained their first big hit “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll” that made the band sound all over the world. AC/DC had gained huge popularity, and it was becoming a very well known band, so they started a European tour. For the next years in Australia, the lads released another two albums that not only gave them full success in Australia but also in the rest of the world. After “T.N.T”, Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams, the present bass player of the band.
“Highway to Hell” is considered one of the best rock albums of all times, and also the best by AC/DC. It was released in 1979, and it was their first album to reach a million copies sold.
Everything was wonderful for AC/DC, but in 1980, on February the 19th, tragedy struck. Bon Scott died after been drinking too much alcohol, so when he was sleeping he drowned on his own vomit.
The band thought about giving up but finally they found a new singer, Brian Johnson.
“Back in Black” is the name of the first album with Brian as singer. In less than a year the album had sold 5 million copies in the U.S.A. and it kept the first position on the billboard for 5 weeks, it was for 20 weeks on the Top 10 and 131 weeks on the top 40. Nowadays it has sold 22 million copies only in that country, and more than 40 million all over the world. This album also increased the sales of their previous albums
that also reached a very high number of copies sold.
After this huge hit, the band suffered a commercial depression from 1983 to 1987. Then, they made several soundtracks for many films.
In 1990 they released “The Razor’s Edge”, an album that sold 5 million copies and was for 77 weeks on the Top 40 in the U.S.
“Ballbreaker” and “Stiff Upper Lip” were their latest albums until this year, but on the 21st of October this year, they released “Black Ice” which is on the Top of the lists in more than a half of the world.
With Bon Scott:
Highway to hell, (from the album “Highway to Hell”)
With Brian Johnson:
Shoot to thrill, (from the album “Back in Black”)