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Founding date

: 1973

Founding place

: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


: 45 years ago


  • AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young
How old is AC/DC in 2018? 45 years
Where was AC/DC founded?Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

AC/DC facts

  • A hard rock/blues rock band, they have also been considered a heavy metal band, although they have always d믭 their music simply "rock and roll"
  • AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975; Malcolm and Angus were the only original members left in the band
  • Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage
  • Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption
  • The group considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott's parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist
  • Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott
  • Later that year, the band released the new album, Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott
  • The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all-time best-seller
  • The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States
  • Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by ex-A II Z drummer Simon Wright, who left to join Dio in 1989

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