Angus Young is easily the world's greatest guitarist and performer. No one (and I mean no one) out there can play and perform like this man. His distinguished sound, and blazing guitar licks are a trademark in AC/DC's sound. Not to mention his "Problem Child" image- dressed in schoolboy suit, and running rampid everynight on stage in a crazed frenzy. Angus would first perform with band TANTRUM, and soon after would join into the formation of AC/DC. He also participated with The Marcus Hook Roll Band and Stevie Wright around this time.
Malcolm Young (Older Brother to Angus) is the key to AC/DC's sound. He is the main creator of the notorious AC/DC riffs. His ideas are the backbone of the band. Malcolm's guitar style is one that should be admired by aspiring players. Previous to AC/DC, Malcolm had performed with The Marcus Hook Roll Band, Stevie Wright, and Newcastle Velvet.
BON SCOTT was AC/DC's original front man (not including the short-lived status of Dave Evans). Bon's unique vocals and lyrics style are one of the main factors of AC/DC's success. No one to this day can match BON SCOTT in any way, shape or form. He was truly the Ultimate front man. (For more on Bon, see my Bon Scott Tribute section) His vocal style and vocal range, stage performance and lyrical abilities are unsurpassed.
Brian Johnson formerly of the 70's English Rock band GEORDIE (formerly known as USA)would be the only suitable replacement for Bon Scott. Brian first joined AC/DC in 1980, and has been successfully fronting the band ever since. Brians very own uniqueness is a quality that has also become a trademark to AC/DC's sound. Brian's voice range is incredible, and his screeching-gruffness is perfect for the AC/DC hard-rock 'n roll image.
Dave Evans was actually the first singer of AC/DC. The first AC/DC show at The Chequers Club in Australia, on December 31st, 1973 was fronted by Dave Evans. AC/DC went on to record one single with Dave Evans on Vocals- and that was to be "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" (b/w "Rockin' In The Parlour"). His "Gary Glitter" image would not be something that the band would tolerate too much longer, and would be fired. He went on to perform with Australian band RABBIT, and later on to his own DAVE EVANS AND THE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER.
Mark Evans (no relation to Dave Evans) was more-or less the original AC/DC bass player. (He did replace Rob Bailey who appeared with the original ave Evans lineup). Mark would play on the albums T.N.T., High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, and Let There Be Rock. He was fired just before the 1977 tour, due to personality clashes with Angus, and replaced with English Bassist Cliff Williams. Mark went on to Australian bands FINCH, and then CONTRABAND. Later on a short stint with semi-popular HEAVEN.
Cliff Williams would replace Mark Evans just in time for the 1977 Let There Be Rock tour. Cliff was formerly in the U.K. rock bands HOME, and BANDIT. (Both bands he has recorded albums with) Cliff 's first recording experience with AC/DC would be the album POWERAGE. He has been the bassist for AC/DC ever since. He is one half of AC/DC's solid rhythm section.
The other half of AC/DC's unmistakable solid rhythm section is handled by the one and only PHIL RUDD. Phil is more or less the original AC/DC drummer (replacing Peter Clack and Colin Burgess- both who held very short lived spots in early AC/DC). Phil originally played in the Aussie Rock band BUSTER BROWN, who recorded one album "Something To Say" in 1974 on the Mushroom records label. Phil played with AC/DC from 1974 to 1983, when he parted with the band. This was very disappointing, but Phil decided to return to AC/DC in 1996, and continues to play with the band to this day.
Chris Slade formerly of Manfred Man and The Firm joined AC/DC as their drummer in 1990, for THE RAZOR's EDGE album, replacing Simon Wright, and staying with AC/DC until 1994- being replaced by original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd.
Simon Wright was a lucky man in 1983. When Phil Rudd left the band after recording the "Flick Of The Switch", Simon answered a Drummer Wanted ad in the U.K. magazine SOUNDS, got an audition, and got the job. Simon made a mistake by leaving AC/DC for DIO in '89, and was replaced by Chris Slade. Dio disbanded shortly after, and Simon would go on to play with Rhino Bucket, then rejoin DIO again and has been with DIO ever since.
Original AC/DC drummer, who would eventually be replaced by Ron Carpenter. Colin was originally from The MASTERS APPRENTICES, who were already a popular recording band in Australia. Colin drank too much one night and passed out behind his drum kit, and was promptly fired by Malcolm.
LARRY VAN KREIDT: BASS
Original AC/DC Bassist. Larry was a school friend of Malcolm's and was given the spot in the band on bass. He wasn't up to par with the rest of the band, so was shortly asked to leave. He would be replaced by Neil Smith. Larry also played Saxophone.
RON CARPENTER: DRUMS
The second AC/DC drummer, who would replace original drummer Colin Burgess.
RUSSELL COLEMAN: DRUMS
Russell Coleman was a short lived AC/DC drummer after Ron Carpenter. Russell went on to play with the band Sasha.
The second AC/DC bassist who replaced Larry Van Kreidt, and who would be replaced by Rob Bailey.
Short-lived member of AC/DC, who replaced the drummer position after Russell Coleman. He would be replaced by Peter Clack.
Peter Clack would replace Noel Taylor, and be the drummer to record with AC/DC on the original "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" single. He would later be replaced by Phil Rudd.(with a short lived spot by Tony Kerrante (Ceranti) on session drums for a portion of the Australian High Voltage album)
Replacement for Neil Smith, who would record with AC/DC during the same line-up with Peter Clack. George Young would fill in after Rob Bailey was terminated, until Mark Evans became the bassist of AC/DC.
TONY KERRANTE (Ceranti): DRUMS
Tony Kerrante replaced Peter Clack for the drum spot, but only as a session drummer for the Australian High Voltage Album. He would go on to play in the band Winter.
Not actually an official band member, older brother to Angus and Malcolm (and former Easybeat) George Young would fill in on bass for AC/DC until they found a suitable replacement for Rob Bailey (ie. Mark Evans). George also session recorded on parts of the original Australian HIGH VOLTAGE album, and went on to produce (along with Harry Vanda) most of AC/DC's best albums.
PAUL MATTERS: BASS
Paul Matters would join AC/DC during or around the time of the Australian High Voltage album, and even appeared in a few promotional photos with Bon, Malcolm, Phil, and Angus. He would be replaced by Mark Evans, and would go on to play for Armageddon.
Stevie- cousin of Angus and Malcolm would be the fill-in guitarist during AC/DC's 1988 "BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO" Tour. Malcolm took a hiatus due to illness, and Stevie did the job. Malcolm would return to AC/DC in 1989 to record The Razors Edge to be released in 1990, after beating his alchohol related illness.