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80’s Heavy Metal – AC/DC – Bio

The Australian rock band AC/DC formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm & Angus Young. AC/DC is usually classified as a hard rock band but are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

In the 1980’s, AC/DC lost lead singer and co-songwriter, Bon Scott. Scott died on February 19, 1980. After a brief thought of disbanding, AC/DC found singer Brian Johnson to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black.

Their next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You was AC/DC’s first album to reach number one in the US. Other albums released by AC/DC in the 1980’s include: Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who, and Blow Up Your Video.

The name AC/DC

Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young came up with the bands name after their older sister, Margaret Young saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine. The brothers felt that this name showed the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances, and the love for their music.

Band Members

  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present)
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–present)
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–present)
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion (1975–1983, 1994–present)

Former members

  • Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–74)
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–80)
  • Mark Evans – bass guitar, backing vocals (1975–77)
  • Simon Wright – drums, percussion (1983–89)
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion (1989–94)

Discography

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80’s Artists – A

A-ha

Abba

Abbot, Gregory

ABC

Abdul, Paula

Accept

AC/DC

Adam Ant

Adams, Bryan

Aerosmith

A Flock of Seagulls

After the Fire

Air Supply

Alan Parsons Project

Al B. Sure

Aldo Nova

Alphaville

Amazulu

Ambrosia

America

Animotion

Art of Noise

Arcadia

Arrows, The

Asia

Astley, Rick

Atlantic Starr

Austin, Patti

80’s Artists – B