AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by Angus and Malcolm Young. The band are considered pioneers of heavy metal and are commonly classified as hard rock, however they have always classified their music as rock and roll.
In 1980 having successfully released 3 albums (High Voltage, Powerage and Highway to Hell), AC/DC considered disbanding after Bon Scott, their lead singer and co-songwriter, died following a night of heavy drinking. Having been encouraged to continue by Scott’s parents, AC/DC went on to release their highest selling album, Back in Black, later that year.
In the 1980’s AC/DC popularity declined, however it resurged with the release of The Razor’s Edge in the early 1990’s and Stiff Upper Lip was well received by critics in 2000. The Bands next album, Black Ice, reached #1 on the charts in October 2008. AC/DC’s newest album, Iron Man 2, was released in April 2010 as the sound track to the film.
AC/DC were ranked number 72 in Rolling Stone list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of all time’. They are to date one of the highest grossing bands of all time with over 200 million albums sold worldwide.