When it comes to iconic rock bands, few have achieved the level of success and enduring popularity as AC/DC. With their hard-hitting sound, electrifying stage presence, and timeless hits, AC/DC has left an indelible mark on the music industry. But what many fans may not realize is that their journey to success was anything but overnight. In fact, AC/DC took the long way to the top, overcoming numerous challenges and setbacks along the way. In this article, we will explore their road to success and how they reached the pinnacle of rock stardom.
The Early Years
AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. They were joined by vocalist Bon Scott, bassist Mark Evans, and drummer Phil Rudd. From their humble beginnings playing small gigs in local pubs and clubs, AC/DC quickly gained a reputation for their high-energy performances and raw talent.
However, it wasn’t until 1975 that AC/DC released their breakthrough album “High Voltage” which featured the hit single “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)”. This anthem became a rallying cry for aspiring musicians around the world and set the stage for what was to come.
Setbacks and Triumphs
Just as AC/DC was gaining momentum with “High Voltage”, tragedy struck when Bon Scott tragically passed away in 1980. Many thought this would be the end of AC/DC’s journey, but they persevered through this devastating loss.
AC/DC made a bold decision by bringing in Brian Johnson as their new lead vocalist for their next album “Back in Black”. Released in 1980, “Back in Black” went on to become one of rock’s most iconic albums, solidifying AC/DC’s place in music history. The album was a massive success, selling over 50 million copies worldwide and featuring hits like “Hells Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
Conquering the World
With the release of “Back in Black”, AC/DC embarked on a world tour that would further cement their status as rock legends. Their electrifying live performances became the stuff of legends, with Angus Young’s iconic schoolboy outfit and high-energy guitar solos captivating audiences everywhere.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, AC/DC continued to release hit albums like “Highway to Hell”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, and “The Razors Edge”. These albums produced timeless classics such as “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck”, further solidifying AC/DC’s place in rock music.
Legacy and Influence
AC/DC’s impact on the music industry cannot be overstated. Their hard-hitting sound, catchy riffs, and energetic performances have influenced countless bands across genres. From Guns N’ Roses to Metallica, many modern rock bands cite AC/DC as a major influence on their own music.
Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, AC/DC has remained a force to be reckoned with. Their longevity is a testament to their incredible talent and unwavering dedication to their craft.
In conclusion, AC/DC took the long way to the top but ultimately achieved unparalleled success in the world of rock music. From their early days playing small gigs in Australia to becoming one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, AC/DC’s journey is an inspiring story of perseverance and passion. Their timeless hits continue to resonate with fans young and old, ensuring that their legacy will live on for generations to come.
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