Before AC/DC's Malcolm and Angus Young took us down the Highway to Hell, they joined their brother, George Young, and guitarist Harry Vanda to form the Marcus Hook Roll Band, a band that never left the studio.
AC/DC are more than just a great rock band, they're an institution. Trends may come and go, but their unique brand of rhythm 'n bruise has proven to be timeless. Angus Young, the band 's lead playing livewire, has also deservedly attained a legendary standing in the business. In fact, one of modern rock's leading lights, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, recently refered to him as "the absolute god of blues-rock guitar."
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If it feels like you haven't been hearing a lot about AC/DC of late, that's about to change in a big way this year. This past Friday, in an interview with a Florida radio station 98.7 "the Gater," AC/DC's Brian Johnson said the band is about to head into the studio. He also said they're in the process of planning a 40th-anniversary tour.
The sound of the guitar was so untamed, and it lit a fire inside me to approach the guitar like a weapon. The lore behind Let There Be Rock is that Angus and Malcolm Young would face a Marshall against the wall and crank the sucker all the way up. You can tell the amp was turned up unbelievably loud: you can practically feel Angus' fingerprints rubbing against the strings.
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AC/DC, one of the last big holdouts to make their music available on iTunes, have finally relented. Starting today, the Australian hard-rock band's entire catalog is now available digitally — all on iTunes.