Biography and albums. CD Stiff Upper Lip
Cosmopolis No. 4, March 2000, Page updated on March 19, 2000.
The brothers Malcolm (*1953) and Angus Young (*1959) moved from
Glasgow to Australia, more precisely to Sydney, in 1963. Their older brother
George was a co-founder of the Easybeats and gave them the feeling for rock
music and guitar-playing. He helped them found AC/DC in 1973. They were
influenced by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Born in Scotland in 1946,
Ron Scott took over the drums in March 1974. Soon, they were looking for new
members, especially a singer. Bon Scott surprisingly managed to impose
himself as their lead vocalist. Philipp Rudd (born in 1954 as Philipp
Witschke), drums, joined them as well as bassist Mark Evans (*1956).
They rapidly became an Australian club attraction and their albums High
Voltage and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap as well as their single
TNT came on the market. Their sound, based on tough Rhythm & Blues
was first to be heard in Europe in 1976. AC/DC had their commercial
breakthrough with the album Let There Be Rock (UK charts number 28)
in 1977. Between 1979 and 1981, their albums reached platinum several times
in the USA. They sold several million copies of the album Highway To Hell
(1979), USA number 22, UK number 10. Their singles Rock 'n' Roll Ain't
Noise Pollution, Let's Get It Up and For Those About To Rock
rose in the British charts up to numbers 18, 14 and 13 respectively.
In February 1980, their singer Bon Scott was found dead in his car (he had a
drinking problem). Brian Johnson, a former singer in the teenie-band Geordie
joined them. In April and May 1980, AC/DC recorded the album Back in
Black. They sold over 12 million copies of it worldwide (number 3 in UK,
6 in the USA).
Up to the year 2000, AC/DC have sold about 85 million albums worldwide.
Their last album Ballbreaker (1995) was a (minor) success too. The
singles Hard As A Rock and Hail Caesar rose to numbers 33 and
56 in UK. Their new album Stiff Upper Lip (2000) is their first
studio album in more than four years. Today, the band is composed by Brian
Johnson, vocals, Angus Young, guitar, Cliff Williams, bass, Malcolm Young,
guitar and Phil Rudd, drums. They still rock hard and loud, with their
distinctive mix of rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll. Stiff Upper Lip
is a solid album, but as often with AC/DC, most of the songs sound more or
less the same. Their fans will still like most of the tracks. With
Meltdown, House of Jazz, Give It Up, Safe in New York
City and the title song Stiff Upper Lip, almost half the album is
above average, on the level of the best songs from Ballbreaker.
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Added on April 19, 2016: Official statement by Brian Johnson
As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled
with a guest singer. I want personally to explain the reason because I don't
believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to
our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.
On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field
of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I
risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that
day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to
interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the
guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly,
I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty
this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my
performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver
that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other
members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start,
nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no
choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly
beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life.
Since that day, I have had several consultations with my doctors and it appears
that, for the near future, I will be unable to perform on stage at arena and
stadium size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance,
without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness. Until
that time, I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing
loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk.
I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine.
The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my
life felt before. Being part of AC/DC, making records and performing for the
millions of devoted fans this past 36 years has been my life's work. I cannot
imagine going forward without being part of that, but for now I have no choice.
The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in
spirit, if not in person.
Most importantly, I feel terrible having to disappoint the fans who bought
tickets for the canceled shows and who have steadfastly supported me and AC/DC
these many years. Words cannot express my deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks
not just for the recent outpouring to me personally of kind words and good
wishes, but also for the years of loyal support of AC/DC. My thanks also go to
Angus and Cliff for their support.
Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told
me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the
moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing.
I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live
concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic.
Only time will tell.
Once again, my sincere best wishes and thanks to everyone for their support and