AC/DC – Biography
AD/DC, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, was considered as the band who pioneered Hard Rock. They however preferred to call their brand of music simply as Rock And Roll. The band’s membership was rather shaky from the very beginning. There were many changes before stabilizing with Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott, the Young brothers, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd.
Around the end of 1974, AC/DC recorded “High Voltage” which was available for the Australian market only.In 1975, they recorded another single, “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” which was also included in their second album release, T.N.T, this time for the Australian and New Zealand market.
In 1976, Atlantic Records signed up AC/DC with an international deal. This new opportunity saw the band touring extensively throughout Europe. Their itinerary included their first UK tour called the ‘Lock Up Your Daughters Summer Tour’sponsored by Sounds magazine. The tour gave AC/DC invaluable experience of the stadium circuit with support acts for leading rock groups such as Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Kiss, Styx, UFO, and Blue Öyster Cult.
It was also in 1976 that AC/DC finally gained worldwide fame through the album also titled High Voltage. This album was compilation of tracks taken from the original High Voltage and T.N.T.
The Band’s line-up was again changed in 1977 when Cliff Williams replaced bassist Mark Evans who was sacked because of personal differences with Angus Young.
Throughout the career, band members of the band changed many times with deaths and disagreement. However, this never caused the band from disbanding and till today, AC/DC still remains a force to be reckon with.