Posted: 16 April, 2014
Take a trip down memory lane and relive the great moments of the greatest band!
As we try and come to terms with the sad news that AC/DC are no longer, the below timeline documenting the band's legendary career is sure to bring a smile to Acca Dacca fans' faces everywhere and bring back some great memories.
November 1973 – Malcolm and Angus Young form AC/DC and recruit bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans and drummer Colin Burgess.
September 1974 – Bon Scott replaces Dave Evans as the band’s vocalist
February 17, 1975 – AC/DC release their debut album ‘High Voltage’. It took only 10 days to record during the previous October. By this stage the band’s line-up featured the Young brothers, Scott, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd.
December 1, 1975 – AC/DC release their sophomore album ‘TNT’ including the legendary rock anthem ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ as well as ‘High Voltage’. It tops the charts in Australia.
1976 - The band signs an international deal with Atlantic Records and tour throughout Europe, including their first UK tour - the 'Lock Up Your Daughters Summer Tour'.
September 20, 1976 – AC/DC release their third album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ including the tracks ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. It hits No.3 on the US Billboard 200 and No.4 on the Australian charts.
March 21, 1977 – The band release their fourth album ‘Let There Be Rock’ including the songs ‘Let There Be Rock’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’.
1977 – Bassist Mark Evans is sacked and replaced by Cliff Williams.
April 3, 1977 – AC/DC perform their last live TV appearance for more than 20 years on ABC’s ‘Countdown’ show.
1977 – The band get their first exposure in the US through Michigan radio station AM 600 WTAC
May 5, 1978 – AC/DC release their fifth album ‘Powerage’.
October 13, 1978 – AC/DC release their first live album ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got it’.
July 27, 1979 – Their sixth studio album ‘Highway To Hell’ is released which included the classic self-titled song.
February 19, 1980 – Lead singer, and arguably the greatest frontman in rock history, Bon Scott tragically dies due to acute alcohol poisoning.
1980 – Brian Johnson is announced as Scott’s replacement.
July 21, 1980 – The band’s iconic ‘Back In Black’ album is released. Featuring the tracks ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Hells Bells’, ‘Back In Black’ and ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, it would not only go on to become AC/DC’s biggest ever album, but also one of the greatest rock records of all time. Conservative estimates suggest 50 million copies of the album have been sold worldwide, making it not only the second-highest selling album in history but also the highest-selling album ever by a band.
September 1, 1980 – The live concert motion picture ‘AC/DC: Let There Be Rock’ is released.
November 21, 1981 – AC/DC release their eighth album ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’ which included the famous title track that is often used to close out their live shows with cannons blazing! The effort reaches No.1 on the US Billboard 200.
1983 – Drummer Phil Rudd is fired from the band after having a physical altercation with Malcolm Young. Simon Wright is brought in as Rudd’s replacement.
August 15, 1983 – The band release their ninth album ‘Flick Of The Switch’ after splitting with producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange who was involved in their previous three records.
June 28, 1985 – AC/DC unveil their 10th studio album ‘Fly On The Wall’.
May 24, 1986 – The band release the ‘Who Made Who’ album which was used as the soundtrack for the Stephen King movie ‘Maximum Overdrive’.
January 18, 1988 – AC/DC release their 11th studio album ‘Blow Up Your Video’ which saw them achieve their highest UK chart position (No.2) since ‘Back In Black’ (No.1). It is also No.2 on the Australian charts.
February 1988 – The band is inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.
1988 – Malcolm Young is briefly replaced by his nephew Stevie Young on tour to allow himself time off to recover from alcoholism.
September 24, 1990 – AC/DC unleash their 12th album ‘The Razors Edge’ which featured drummer Chris Slade who replaced Wright. The record included some of their most famous tracks such as ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Moneytalks’ and ‘Are You Ready’. It hits No.2, No.3 and No.4 on the American, Australian and British charts respectively.
August 17, 1991 – AC/DC headline the ‘Monsters Of Rock’ show at Castle Donington in England which also includes Metallica, Motley Crue, The Black Crowes and Queensryche on the bill.
October 27, 1992 – The band releases another live album simply entitled ‘AC/DC Live’ and is No.1 on the ARIA charts.
1994 – The Young brothers begin jamming with Rudd again and eventually the drummer returns to the band after more than a decade at the expense of Slade.
September 26, 1995 – AC/DC release their 13th album ‘Ballbreaker’ which also tops he Aussie charts.
November 1996 – The live video ‘No Bull’ is released.
August 1, 2000 – The band’s 14th album ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ hits stores and makes it to No.1 in five countries.
2002 – AC/DC signs a long-term deal with Sony Music.
2003 – The band is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
July 30, 2003 – AC/DC are involved in the biggest paid-for concert in North American history. They team up with The Rolling Stones and Rush to play in front of 500,000 fans in Toronto.
October 17, 2008 – 35 years after their formation, the band unveil album No.15 – ‘Black Ice’ – which incredibly debuted at No.1 in 29 different countries.
September 2009 – Six shows on the Black Ice tour are rescheduled as Brian Johnson undergoes surgery for ulcers.
April 19, 2010 – The ‘Iron Man 2’ movie soundtrack is released featuring only AC/DC songs.
June 11, 2010 – AC/DC headline the Download Festival in the UK.
May 10, 2011 – The live AC/DC DVD ‘Live At River Plate’ is released.
November 19, 2012 – ‘Live At River Plate’ is released as a live album – the band’s first one in 20 years.
April 16, 2014 – AC/DC announces its retirement after more than four decades and 200 million albums sold.