The brief history of AC/DC

 
  • 1973 AC/DC was fromed in Sydney, Austrarlia
  • The band's first gig was at Chequers Club in Sydney on December 31, 1973
  • During February of 1975 their debut album ’High Voltage’ was published in Australia
  • '75 AC/DC had it's first steady line-up: Malcolm & Angus Young, Bon Scott, Phill Rudd and Mark Evans
  • February '76 ’T.N.T’ is released
  • High Voltage’ sees the light of day in Britain in May '76. Now this is a different version than the one released in Austrailia. It's a compilation of the songs on 'T.N.T' and 'High Voltage'. I know that it's strange, but these guys love publishing different versions on different continents. Although at the time the idea was to give the best of the first two albums for the Brits.
  • Sebtember '76, ’Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ released in Australia
  • During July '76, AC/DC becomes a regular weekly act at Marquee Club in London.
  • Dec. '76, ’Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ is released in the U.K. Again, not the same as in Austrailia...
  • '77 the new ’Let There Be Rock’ sees the light.
  • '77 Cliff Williams takes over from Mark Evans as the new basist of the band.
  • The Brit version of ’High Voltage’ and ’Let There Be Rock’ is realised in the U.S.
  • October '77 ’Let There Be Rock’ released in Britain, with only one song altered (Go Young brothers! I guess they're learning)
  • Powerage’ released in the UK in May of '78.
  • If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’ released in October of '78
  • June '79 ’Highway To Hell’ is released.
  • 1st commercial live video ’Let There Be Rock’ was shot in Paris (at least BBC did a recording before this, but it's not in commercial distribution)
  • January 27th 1980 Bon Scott appeared in public for the last time…
  • Tuesday February 19th 1980 Bon Scott dies of "accute alcohol poisoning", basically he chocked on his vomit while sleeping in the back seat of his friends car.
  • Brian Johnson becomes AC/DC's new lead singer only a few months after Bon's death.
  • Back In Black’ is released in the late July of 1980 and in two weeks it becomes no.1 on British charts and sells over 10 million copies world wide.
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ comes out in the U.S. (this being the Brit version)
  • August '81 AC/DC headlines the ’Monsters Of Rock’ festival
  • For Those About To Rock’ is released in Novemer of '81
  • In February '82, ’Let's Get It Up’ rises on the singles charts as number 13, thus becoming the best sold single in the history of AC/DC.
  • Phil Rudd get's fired for what was rummored to be drug problems and continuous fighting with Malcolm Young
  • '83 ’Flick Of The Switch’ is released and Simon Wright is hired as a new drummer
  • Fly On The Wall’ released in June '85
  • May '86, ’Who Made Who’ sees the light of day
  • Blow Up Your Video’ is released in the end of January of 1988
  • -89 Simon Wright leaves the band in order to join Dio and is replaced by Chris Slade.
  • The Razors Edge’ is released in September of '90
  • June '91 video ’Clipped’ is released.
  • In October of '92 the simply titeled album ’Live’ is released in two versions as a single CD and as a 2CD set.
  • After a week they release the video ’AC/DC Live At Donington’.
  • During the summer or 1994 Phil Rudd joines the band again after a phone call from Malcolm.
  • Septeber of '95 is greeted by the release of a new album ’Ballbreaker
  • During October they release their 3rd live video called ’No Bull’, shot at a bullfighting arena in Spain.
  • The ’Bonfire’ set is released in November of '97, for the memory of Bon Scott, in two versions. The European version includes four CD's ('Live at Atlantic Studios', 'Let There Be Rock' [the soundtrack of the live vidieo recorded in Paris in '79 on 2 CD's] and 'Volts' [never before released songs]) and the American version inlcudes the previous and 'Back In Black', which has always been considered a tribute for Bon
  • Stiff Upper Lip’ is released during the spring of the year 2000, and is followed by a massive world tour.
  • They also released a 'Stiff Upper Lip' -DVD during the winter of 2001, a live concert shot in Germany
 
So this is the story so far, but the boys are far from finished. Just wait and see what they come up with next! Again, this is a very brief story behind AC/DC, so if you want more info, use those links I placed at the end of Malcolm's bio!