The original group included vocalist Dave Evans. When he refused to go on stage in Melbourne, Bon Scott, the band's chauffer, took over as lead vocalist. Bon Scott's background - he had several minor convictions on his rap sheet - helped shape the crude, violent, rowdy, maladjusted thug-like image that has followed the group throughout its career.
Two albums, High Voltage and TNT, were released in 1974 and 1975 in Australia. Cuts from these two albums were combined in the U.K./U.S. version of High Voltage released in 1976. Next, came Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. That autumn, the group released Let There Be Rock. It was AC/DC's first album to make the U.S. charts.
Lead singer Bon Scott died from an apparent overdose of alcohol on February 20, 1980. In March, the band made Brian Johnson their new lead singer. Their next album, Back in Black, became their most successful album selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S. On a hot streak, the group scored another hit with For Those About To Rock We Salute You.
Following 1983's Flick of the Switch, the group's sales declined but they were resurrected in 1990 with the release of The Razor's Edge and their super-hit "Thunderstruck." Throughout the 90's, they maintained their reputation as one of the greatest rock and roll bands on the planet and continued to be a top concert draw. In 1995, they released their chart-busting Ballbreaker album. Stiff Upper Lip followed in 2000 and proved AC/DC was still at the top of its game.
The band released two more studio albums - Black Ice (2008) and Rock or Bust (2014).
AC/DC currently consists of members Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present), Chris Slade – drums (1989–1994, 2015–present), Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2014–present), and Axl Rose – lead vocals (2016–present). Former and deceased band members include Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–2014; died 2017), Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–1974), Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–1980; died 1980), Phil Rudd – drums (1975–1983, 1994–2015), Mark Evans – bass guitar (1975–1977), Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–2016), Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–2016), and Simon Wright – drums (1983–1989).
Presumably, the band, including former members, have been working on another studio album recording songs written by Malcolm and Angus Young back in the early 2000's. Fans are eager for its release.