AC/DC first formed in "the land down under" more than 30 years ago by Malcolm and Angus Young. The band offered a unique, guitar-heavy hard rock sound for their listeners and after a few years, their music began to catch on with fans in their native Sydney, Australia. In 1975, following an increasing buzz from listeners and a revamped band lineup, AC/DC, who picked up their name from a sewing machine label, released their first album, High Voltage.
Following their debut release, AC/DC has found itself on a steady stream of rock and roll success, releasing more than 20 albums to date, many of which have went on to become multi-platinum sellers. The most widely recognized of these, is 1980’s Back in Black, which has sold more than 42 million copies worldwide, becoming the second highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC have also produced some of the most memorable and widely recognized rock singles of all time over the years. Among these are the ever-popular Highway to Hell, You Shook me All Night Long and Stiff Upper Lip.
On top of their commercial success, AC/DC have garnered a reputation from critics and fans alike, as one of the most influential bands in rock music history. To date, they have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, ranked fourth on VH1’s list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
In October of 2008, the band is set to release their twentieth studio album, entitled Black Ice. To promote and celebrate the upcoming release, AC/DC have announced plans for a massive North American tour, set to hit the Untied States and Canada from late October to mid-December of this year. The tour, which is already selling out fast, is expected to be one of the biggest and highest-grossing of the year. Tickets are hard to get right now.