AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young. Their albums have sold in colossal numbers with the total estimated in excess of 150 million copies worldwide. Their album Back in Black has sold 42 million copies worldwide, and is the second highest selling album of all time.
AC/DC is still going strong after more than 40 years! The band released their 15th studio album, Rock or Bust, in November 2014 and are following it up with North American tour dates in 2016. Don't miss your chance to see AC/DC back in concert - buy your AC/DC tickets today!
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The band has had two distinctive lead singers, and its fans tend to divide its history into the "Bon Scott era (1974-80)" and the "Brian Johnson era (1980-present)".
Although the group is generally considered to be a pioneer of hard rock and heavy metal music (they are ranked number 4 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock"), the members have always referred to their music as rock 'n' roll. Their music is rhythm & blues-based with a higher level of distortion in the lead and rhythm guitars. Overall, AC/DC is the most successful and well-known band to hail from Australia, ahead of other notables such as INXS.
AC/DC is cited by many later hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock bands as an influence, including Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Great White, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, Iron Maiden, KISS, Megadeath, Metallica, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Poison, Rush, Twisted Sister, UFO and Van Halen.