In some ways, AC/DC history followed a "Highway to Hell" with fighting, alcohol, and death, but this rock and roll legend started out with two boys from Scotland and a dream. In 1973, brothers Angus and Malcolm Young formed a heavy metal band in Sydney, Australia. Picking up lead vocalist Dave Evans, bassist Rob Bailey, and drummer Peter Clark, they started playing local gigs. But the group did not get along, so Clark, Bailey, and Dave Evans were fired. Recruiting Mark Evans, a bass guitarist, and their chauffeur Ronald Bon Scott as the lead singer, the hard rock band released their debut album, High Voltage, in 1975.
After completing T.N.T., the artists recorded Let There Be Rock in 1977. Yet they were still fighting, so they fired Mark Evans. At that point, a bass guitar player named Clifford Williams joined AC/DC. Their sixth studio album, Highway to Hell, sold over a million copies, and the band ranked among superstars like Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin. But in 1980, Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning at age 33 and fans all over the world mourned the loss. Although the group almost disbanded, they decided to keep playing new AC/DC songs. So they hired lead singer Brian Johnson and recorded the album Back in Black.
Inspired by Bon Scott and the AC/DC biography, heavy metal bands like Van Halen, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, and Def Leppard rose to fame as the crew toured the world. Their 1981 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) sold over four million copies and was the last AC/DC album produced by Mutt Lange. After a few years of struggle, the band made a 1990 comeback with The Razors Edge and invited their former drummer, Phil Rudd, to join them. They released their latest album, Black Ice, in 2008, and they are still on tour. If you like Megadeth tickets, Aerosmith, and Rob Zombie music, you will love these rock icons.