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Nobody has done more with a handful of basic blues chords and winking sexual innuendo than AC/DC over the past 40 years. From their scrappy beginnings in Sydney to their mega-platinum world domination a decade later, not much has changed musically from 1975’s ‘High Voltage’ to 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ thanks to guitarist Angus Young’s tough but straightforward songs. But the band staged one of the most remarkable second acts in rock history after its original singer, Bon Scott, died after a heavy night of drinking in 1980. Not wasting any time, they recruited a new singer, Brian Johnson, and recorded one of rock’s all-time greatest albums, ‘Back in Black,’ within months of Scott’s passing. Since then, AC/DC have released a series of bestselling albums that rest firmly on top of rock’s most basic guitar chords and life’s most primal instincts.

Mike Errico
Mike Errico

Hear AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ Covered as a Waltz by Mike Errico: Exclusive Premiere

Although he doesn't usually work in the same hard-rock vein mined by AC/DC, Mike Errico says his long-standing love for this song is real.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

40 Years Ago: AC/DC Play Their First U.S. Show

The Canadian band Moxy were set to make their first headlining appearance in the U.S. at a show in Austin. Their opening act traveled much farther.

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Marc Grimwade, Getty Images

Watch Guns N’ Roses Cover AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ as Tribute to Axl Rose’s Dead Dog

Guns N' Roses have covered AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" in concert before. But at their show in Zurich on June 6, singer Axl Rose revealed a personal reason for performing the song.

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Mike Coppola / Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Watch Axl Rose Join Billy Joel for ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘Big Shot’ at Dodger Stadium

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was a special guest at Billy Joel's Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles last night, singing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and Joel's own "Big Shot."

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Kevin Winter / Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

The Night AC/DC, Cheap Trick and Michael Schenker Group Members Formed a Supergroup: Exclusive Book Excerpt

Ultimate Classic Rock is proud to premiere an excerpt from former Michael Schenker Group bassist Chris Glen's memoir.

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Axl Rose and Brian Johnson
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AC/DC Promoters Fined Over Axl Rose-Fronted Show

Spanish authorities have fined AC/DC promoters Live Nation for refusing to issue ticket refunds to fans who didn’t want to see Axl Rose fronting the band.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

40 Years Ago: AC/DC Release Their First Masterpiece, ‘Let There Be Rock’

It might be difficult to wrap your head around this concept, but AC/DC's rise to global stardom was both deliberate and challenging.

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AC/DC Rock Or Bust Tour - Greensboro, NC
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Unconfirmed Rumor: Axl Rose and Angus Young Prepping New AC/DC Album

Guns N' Roses' touring commitments are reportedly the only thing holding up a possible new AC/DC studio project featuring Axl Rose.

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Jeffrey A. Camarati / Joel Ford, Getty Images

Phil Rudd Changes His Mind About Axl Rose Fronting AC/DC

AC/DC's former drummer Phil Rudd last year said he didn’t think much of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose singing with his old band – but now he’s changed his mind.

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Mike Coppola / Alex Goodlett / Mark Wallheiser, Getty Images

Alec Baldwin Offers to Sing AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Famous Donald Trump critic Alec Baldwin is willing to perform at the inauguration, but on one condition...

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