ACDC is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands of all-time. They were formed in 1973 by Australian brothers Malcom and Angus Young. They are commonly classified as pioneers of heavy metal rock, although the Young brothers have always said that the true genre that they fit in is that of Rock and Roll. There have been several members in the group along with Malcom and Angus Young: Dave Evans, Bon Scott, Brian Johnson, Mark Evans, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Simon Wright, and Chris Slade. They have released 15 studio albums, 5 live recordings, 13 video collections of concerts and music videos, 7 box sets, and an additional 4 albums released only in Australia. Their first international effort was the album High Voltage. This was followed by several albums of relatively middling success: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage. Their next three albums would be their most successful: Highway to Hell, Back in Black, and For Those About to Rock. Back in Black is one of the world’s all-time most successful albums. It has sold 22 million copies in the United States, and 49 million worldwide, making it the second best selling album worldwide behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

ACDC Live Video – For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Their latest album is the 2008 Black Ice which has sold over 8 million copies worldwide, making it their most successful album since For Those About to Rock. They are scheduled to release a soundtrack album for the movie Iron Man 2 on April 19, 2010. ACDC is one of the most successful artists of all-time, selling over 200 million albums worldwide, with roughly 70 million sold in the United States.

Interestingly, Angus and Malcom’s older brother George was the first in the family to learn to play the guitar. He was a member of the one of Australia’s most successful bands of the 1960s. Malcom and Angus then learned the guitar and decided to start a band of their own. They developed the idea of the band’s name after their older sister, Margaret, ssaw the initials AC/DC on a sewing machine. AC/DC is an abbreviation for alternating current/direct current. The brothers felt that this name symbolized their band’s raw energy, power-driven performances. Although typically pronounced one letter at a time, the band is popularly known in Australia as acca dacca and it has stuck through the years.

In 2003, ACDC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During their induction ceremony, they performed Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long with guest vocals from Stevens Tyler of Aerosmith. They have had several streets named after them all over the world which is very impressive, particularly in Australia. Since 1991, ACDC has sold over $26.4 million worth of music, second only to the Beatles over that time period.