High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Electrifying Timeline of AC/DC

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Activity The Electrifying Timeline of AC/DC

  • 1973 – Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young form AC/DC in Sydney, Australia with Dave Evans as lead singer. The band goes through several line-up changes in the early years.
  • 1974 – Bon Scott replaces Dave Evans as lead singer. The band releases their debut album High Voltage.
  • 1975 – Bassist Mark Evans joins the band, solidifying the classic line-up. AC/DC releases their second album T.N.T.
  • 1976 – The band signs an international record deal with Atlantic Records and releases their third album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. They gain popularity in the UK and Europe.
  • 1977 – Cliff Williams replaces Mark Evans on bass. AC/DC releases their fifth album Let There Be Rock.
  • 1979 – They release their breakthrough album Highway to Hell, their first to break into the US charts.
  • 1980 – Bon Scott dies in February. Brian Johnson is hired as new lead singer in April. AC/DC releases Back in Black album in July, dedicated to Scott. It becomes their biggest selling album.
  • 1983 – Drummer Phil Rudd is fired, replaced by Simon Wright.
  • 1988 – Blow Up Your Video album returns AC/DC to commercial success. Launch of their Blow Up Your Video World Tour.
  • 1990 – The Razors Edge album propels AC/DC back to the top of the charts. Biggest hits from this era include “Thunderstruck” and “Moneytalks”.
  • 1995 – Ballbreaker album released, Rudd returns as drummer.
  • 2000 – Stiff Upper Lip album released. AC/DC inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • 2008 – Black Ice album released, becomes their biggest debut in the US. Massively successful Black Ice World Tour.
  • 2014 – Malcolm Young retires due to dementia, replaced by nephew Stevie Young. Rock or Bust album released.
  • 2016 – Brian Johnson forced to stop touring. Axl Rose joins as guest vocalist for remainder of Rock or Bust tour.
  • 2020 – Power Up album released. Johnson, Williams and Rudd return for reunion of classic line-up.
  • 2023 – First live shows in 7 years at festival appearances.
High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Electrifying Timeline of AC/DC
High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Electrifying Timeline of AC/DC

AC/DC Members: 

Current Members:

  1. Angus Young (1973–present): Lead Guitar, Occasional Backing Vocals – Contributions: All AC/DC releases.
  2. Phil Rudd (1975–1983, 1994–2015, 2018–present): Drums, Percussion – Contributions: All releases from T.N.T. (1975) to Flick of the Switch (1983), and since Ballbreaker (1995).
  3. Cliff Williams (1977–2016, 2018–present): Bass, Backing Vocals – Contributions: All releases since Powerage (1978).
  4. Brian Johnson (1980–2016, 2018–present): Lead Vocals – Contributions: All releases since Back in Black (1980).
  5. Stevie Young (1988 touring, 2014–present): Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals – Contributions: All releases since Rock or Bust (2014).

Former Members:

  1. Malcolm Young (1973–2014, died 2017): Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals, Occasional Lead Guitar and Bass Guitar – Contributions: All releases from “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl” (1974) to Live at River Plate (2012).
  2. Dave Evans (1973–1974): Lead Vocals – Contributions: “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl” (1974).
  3. Larry Van Kriedt (1973–1974, 1975): Bass Guitar – Contributions: None, live performances only.
  4. Colin Burgess (1973–1974, 1975, died 2023): Drums – Contributions: “Can I Sit Next to You, Girl” (1974), live performances only.
  5. Neil Smith (1974, died 2013): Bass Guitar – Contributions: None, live performances only.
  6. Ron Carpenter (1974): Drums.
  7. Russell Coleman: Drums.
  8. Noel Taylor: Drums.
  9. Rob Bailey (1974–1975): Bass Guitar – Contributions: High Voltage (1975).
  10. Peter Clack: Drums – Contributions: High Voltage (1975) – “Baby, Please Don’t Go” only.
  11. Bon Scott (1974–1980, until his death): Lead Vocals – Contributions: All releases from High Voltage (1975) to Highway to Hell (1979).
  12. Paul Matters (1975, died 2020): Bass Guitar – Contributions: None, live performances only.
  13. Mark Evans (1975–1977): Contributions: All releases from T.N.T. (1975) to Let There Be Rock (1977).
  14. Simon Wright (1983–1989): Drums, Percussion – Contributions: All releases from Fly on the Wall (1985) to Blow Up Your Video (1988).
  15. Chris Slade (1989–1994, 2015–2016): Contributions: All releases from The Razors Edge (1990) to “Big Gun” (1993).

Other Contributors:

  1. George Young (1974–1975, died 2017): Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Drums – Contributions: Bass on several early shows and tracks on High Voltage (1975).
  2. Tony Currenti (1974–1975): Drums – Contributions: Played drums on seven songs for High Voltage (1975) plus the “High Voltage” single as a session musician.
  3. Denis Loughlin (1974, died 2019): Lead Vocals – Contributions: Occasionally substituted for Dave Evans during early shows.
  4. Bruce Howe (1975): Bass Guitar – Contributions: Performed bass a number of times with the group.
  5. Paul Gregg (1991): Replaced Cliff Williams for several shows due to illness.
  6. Bob Richards (2014): Drums – Contributions: Substituted for Phil Rudd in “Play Ball” and “Rock or Bust” music videos.
  7. Axl Rose (2016): Lead Vocals – Contributions: Replaced Brian Johnson for the last two legs of the Rock or Bust World Tour.
  8. Matt Laug (2023–present): Drums – Contributions: Fill in for Phil Rudd for the Power Trip Festival.

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Tours

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC/DC

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