AC/DC

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2003

Inducted by: Steven Tyler

Nominated in: 2001   2002   2003

First Eligible: 2001 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young

Snubbed Members: Mark Evans, Simon Wright


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2001 (ranked #93) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Highway to Hell (1979)
Back In Black (1980)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
T.N.T. (1975)
It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (1975)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
Highway To Hell (1979)
Back In Black (1980)
You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)
Hells Bells (1980)
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (1981)
Thunderstruck (1990)

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77 comments so far (post your own)

hell yeah, ACDC RULES

Posted by ryan on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 00:17am


AC/DC totaly kicks ass!They diserve to be inducted into The Hall R 'N R a second time. BACK IN BLACK!

Posted by Crazy Ozzy on Thursday, 03.1.07 @ 17:18pm


AC/DC IS AWESOME THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE HALL OF FAME YEARS AGO

Posted by trenton on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 14:45pm


What part of "Inducted in 2003" did you miss, you illiterate?

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 18:43pm


See...the hall of fame inducts worthy bands.

Posted by maplejet on Wednesday, 05.2.07 @ 17:43pm


Yes but far too seldom.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 16:01pm


Couldn't have picked a better person to induct them.

Posted by Haywood on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 10:37am


Bon Scott & the boys were a major influence on my own musical career. I am more a fan of the Bon Scott years. Bon was my idol! I have every song avaiable from those years be it US, Aussie, UK, ect. A tha time, they were a power rock blues band. Raw in attack and fabulous on delivery!
Bon's vocal's and lyrics reavhed in and got rid of the "Cold Hearted Man" in me and taught me, "It's a Long Way To The Top" if I wanted to rock & roll. He even taught me he liked a frequent "Love Song", and taught me what "crabs" would be like if i ever got them (Thank Bon I didn't!) and what the doctor would do for a cure!
Angus can not be described except he's "TNT" and a wild child! "Riff Raff" guitar prowess shows what he can do any day! I vote "If you want blood, you got it!" YES,get them nominated!

Posted by Kevin Stafford on Saturday, 06.7.08 @ 11:39am


Kevin - They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003; Bon Scott included.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 06.7.08 @ 12:03pm


Waiting three years was three years too long for these guys.

Five Favorites (out of many):

1. Shoot to Thrill
2. Back in Black
3. Whole Lotta Rosie
4. Big Balls
5. You Shook Me All Night Long

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 15:19pm


Five Favorites

1.Let there be Rock
2.Hells Bells
3.Highway to Hell
4.Back in Black
5.Problem Child


Cheesecrop you got owned.

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 10:46am


Top 5 Songs

1. You Shook Me All Night Long
2. The Jack
3. Whole Lotta Rosie
4. Who Made Who
5. Dirty Deeds

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 11:01am


Hey, Cheesecrop I just commented about you on the Led Zeppelin page about your "Scott/Johnson Breakdown". I have nothing againist Brian but you just make bad lists. Why is there no Stairway to Heaven or Kashmir on your Led Zeppelin list I don't know.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 16:30pm


Mike -

"Moi'" makes bad lists? Stairway and Kashmir are two of the most obvious, overblown picks regarding Zeppelin you'll ever come across. The first time I heard Stairway my buddies told me how awesome it was, blah-blah, and then I heard it. It's 4 minutes of build-up into a 2 minute release section. This would be great if Page had a solo worthy of it, but he smokes himself on Stairway w/just about every other Zeppelin solo he ever layed down in the studio. The payoff never comes in Stairway, and it's always been a let down. Kashmir's just to ponderous & boring. They did it better w/the long form blues on Zeppelin I (Dazed & Confused, How Many More Times). I like Zep when they give you 4-5 minute songs, or the occasional quickie like Good Times,Bad Times.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 18:47pm


Stairway to Heaven has a solo diffrent fom all the other Zeppelin songs and probably the second best all-time and Robert Plants vocals are amazing in this masterpiece. I know I'm getting off subject (just like what I did with the Beatles) but I'm gonna list my top five guitar solos all time and I want to see what you see what you think a "good" solo is. List your top five also Chhesecrop.

5.Dave Murray - The Trooper
4.Angus Young - Thunderstruck
3.Slash - Estranged
2.Jimmy Page - Stairway to Heaven
1.David Gilmour - Comfortly Numb



Posted by Mike on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 06:04am


Mike -

Not gonna give you another list, cause I'm sensing something here. I can't tell if your cool about the way I perceive things. Much of what I say comes off as the words of a pontificating jacka**, but after maybe four or five solid posts I can't help but start laughing and toss in something like the Axl Rose bit. It's the reason I sometimes have to jump off of a particular page. We've reached a stalemate here. You'll just say what you like, I'll say what I like, and that'll be that.

Besides, guitar solos are an acquired taste. Some folks like clean, 60's folk styled, some like 70's harsher styles,some like psychedelic, new wave, grunge, thrash, you've got so much here. Some solos aren't even solos proper, but rather blurs of sound that are purposely like that.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 07:37am


Just thought I'd say that the much respected music site digitaldreamdoor.com lists David Gilmour's guitar solo on "Comfortably Numb" as the greatest guitar solo of all time. I have to agree with that statement. As for other great guitar solos Mike, you forgot the ones on "Hotel California" and "Free Bird."

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 09:05am


Here's the top 15 from the same site
Greatest Guitar Solos:

1. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
2. Stairway To Heaven - Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
4. Free Bird - Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
5. Maggot Brain - Edie Hazel (Funkadelic)
6. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
7. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
8. Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
9. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
10. Hotel California - Don Felder/Joe Walsh (Eagles)
11. Mr Crowley - Randy Rhoads (Ozzy)
12. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
13. Time - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
14. Layla - Eric Clapton/Duane Allman (Derek & The Dominos)
15. Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash (Guns N' Roses)

I don't agree with the Funkadelic song, but the rest are pretty good.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 09:12am


Yikes!!! That list would be as hard to come to a conclusion with as the "immortals"...LOL!!! I think it would be impossible to tab one great solo over another as being the "best ever". That's not a bad list, but I'll wager I could come up with at least 100 more off the top of my head that deserve to be mentioned with those...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 09:17am


Do yourself a favor and leave Mike Alone Cheesecrop

Posted by David on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 17:41pm


No,no,no,no,no,no Sweet Child O' Mine should be there but,what about the solo's in "November Rain" and "Estranged" those solos are kick --- awsome.How could you leave them out Keebord?

Posted by David on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 18:09pm


David:
I didn't leave them out, I merely used the list I found at digitaldreamdoor.com. I didn't say I made the list, I just said I generally agreed with it


Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 19:02pm


I don't see the Sweet Child O' Mine's solo having Slash coming out of the ocean.



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Anyways I'll toss in my AC/DC top 20:

1. Let There Be Rock
2. Hells Bells
3. Highway to Hell
4. Back in Black
5. Problem Child
6. You Shook Me All Night Long
7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
8. For Those About to Rock
9. Whole Lotta Rosie
10. Given the Dog a Bone
11. Thunderstruck
12. The Razors Edge
13. What You Do For Money, Honey
14. High Voltage
15. Night of the Long Knives
16. Fire Your Guns
17. Money Talks
18. Love Song
19. Rocker
20. It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock'N'Roll





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It's been a week since Black Ice came out so Happy Weekly Aneversity AC/DC.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 10.27.08 @ 13:10pm


For those about to rock... FIRE! We salute youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 11.27.08 @ 11:37am


I just noticed in between thos 2 comments it took exactly a month.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 05:58am


Everyone out there in Future Rock Hall and anyone else who reads this Happy Holidays,Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kquanza, and what ever the hell you celebrate.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 17:43pm


My top 5 Highway to Hell songs:

1. Highway to Hell
2. Touch Too Much
3. Night Prowler
4. If You Want Blood
5. Beating Around the Bush

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My top 5 Back in Black songs

1. Hells Bells
2. Back in Black
3. Given the Dog a Bone
4. You Shook Me All Night Long
5. Shoot To Thrill

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 14:38pm


Ac/Dc is the crappiest,most overblown,lamest,most one dimensional band of all time.Angus is a terrible guitarist,Brian Johnson is a horrible vocalist,Malcom is a no talent,and the drummer whatever his name is blows.As a guitarist whos been playing for 33 years I will tell you that Angus is f---ing awful.

Posted by Az on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 13:49pm


What the hell are you talking about Az? You must honestly be stupid if you have to say something like that to AC/DC. Angus is a guitar legend, so is Malcolm. Brian and Bon are singing legends. Cliff is legend, and so is Phil Rudd, the whole band members are frakin' legends. So tell me you're favorite band, what is so special about them?

Posted by David on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 08:23am


Az-


You think Angus is an awful guitarist huh?
He may have short guitar solos but they are awesome. Slash and Joe Perry are good but do you see them jumping all over the stage and not missing one note? Malcom is a great rhythem
guitarist. He can also play lead like in Love Song and has great backup vocals. Phil Rudd is a decent drummer. You really have nothing to prove how he's a bad drummer. Brian Johnson has great vocals in one of the greatest albums of all time Back in Black. Respect AC/DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mike on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 08:30am


Man david and mike are right.What dam bands do you like Az.Let me geuss Green day.Every boby thinks they suck .And i fell the ssme way about you.Ac/dc is one of the greats wheather you like it or not.

Posted by steven on Monday, 02.16.09 @ 17:49pm


Steven,

You cna't even name 15 songs of AC/DC so shut up.

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 02.19.09 @ 13:52pm


Here is my AC/DC top thirty part 1:

30. Kicked In The Teeth
29. Big Balls
28. Love Song
27. Flick Of The Switch
26. Nervous Shakedown
25. Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
24. Mistress For Christmas
23. Are You Ready
22. Bad Boy Boogie
21. Rocker
20. Baby Please Don't Go













Posted by David on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 16:34pm


Here is my AC/DC top thirty part 2:

19. Heatseeker
18. You Shook Me All Night Long
17. Stiff Upper Lip
16. Safe In New York City
15. Money Talks
14. The Razor's Edge
13. Whole Lotta Rosie
12. Rock N' Roll Damnation
11. Black Ice
10. Rock N' Roll Train
9. Love Bomb
8. Hell's Bells
7. Back In Black
6. T.N.T.
5. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N' Roll)
4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
3. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
2. Let There Be Rock
1. Highway To Hell

Just tell me if those were a good list or not okay guys?

Posted by David on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 16:49pm


And new additional songs:

0. Thunderstruck
-1. Givin' The Dog A Bone
-2. Shoot To Thrill
-3. Touch To Much
-4. NightProwler
-5. If You Want Blood You Got It
-6. Fire You're Guns......

OH, WHAT THE HELL ALL OF THERE SONGS ARE MOSTLEY GREATEST HITS!!! The 0 and -'s mean that those were greats.


Posted by David on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 16:54pm


Shoot to Thrill would be my #1. Other than that, you hit the majority of the good stuff. I might move a few songs around here & there, but all that can be written off to personal taste.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 16:59pm


I partially agree with Cheesecrop but Shoot To Thrill is not number 1.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 03.18.09 @ 15:01pm


Here is my revised version of my top 30:

1. Hells Bells
2. Let There Be Rock
3. Back In Black
4. Highway To Hell
5. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
6. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
7. Thunderstruck
8. Shoot To Thrill
9. Touch Too Much
10. Heatseeker
11. Rock N'Roll Damnation
12. Money Talks
13. Stiff Upper Lip
14. Problem Child
14. T.N.T.
15. Whole Lotta Rosie
16. Rock N' Roll Train
17. Ride On
18. Black Ice
19. Fire Your Guns
20. Baby Please Don't Go (better then Nugent and Morrison
21. Ballbreaker
22. Who Made Who
23. Love Song
24. C.O.D.
25. Jailbreak
26. Fling Thing (Only in Family Jewels)
27. Playing With Girls
28. Sink The Pink
29. You Shook Me All Night Long
30. Beating Around The Bush

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 03.18.09 @ 15:12pm


Mike -

Great list! One question though:


It's no longer such a long way to the top if you wannna rock n' roll?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 03.18.09 @ 17:38pm


Yeah, its gets a little annoying because of the bagpipes.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 18:29pm


I can't believe Bon Scott was with the Valentines!

Posted by Mike on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 15:21pm


Back in black
I hit the sack
I've been too long I'm glad to be back [I bet you know I'm...]
Yes, I'm let loose
From the noose
That's kept me hanging about
I've been looking at the sky
'Cause it's gettin' me high
Forget the hearse 'cause I never die
I got nine lives
Cat's Eyes
Abusin' every one of them and running wild

CHORUS:
'Cause I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
(Well) I'm back in black
Yes, I'm back in black

Back in the back
Of a Cadillac
Number one with a bullet, I'm a power pack
Yes, I'm in a bang
With a gang
They've got to catch me if they want me to hang
Cause I'm back on the track
And I'm beatin' the flack
Nobody's gonna get me on another rap
So look at me now
I'm just makin' my play
Don't try to push your luck, just get out of my way

This track is one of the best rock jams ever, no doubt

Posted by Madonna is not tall on Sunday, 04.26.09 @ 09:43am


1. Hells Bells
2. Back In Black
3. Thunderstruck
4. Highway To Hell
5. Burnin Alive
6. Stiff Upper Lip
7. Shoot To Thrill
8. Hold Me Back
9. Can't Stop Rock 'N Roll
10. TNT

AC/DC- greatest band ever

Posted by Jon on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 04:56am




Posted by callum.derelamd on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 18:46pm


I could see why people might not like them but they're one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Of course they deserved to get inducted.

Posted by Chris on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 00:43am


"Here's the top 15 from the same site
Greatest Guitar Solos:" I haven't listened to Funkadelic. "Hotel California" is way overrated as both a song and a solo. "Time" has a good solo though I prefer "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". "Highway Star"; great choice, Blackmore's often overlooked in these choices. "Eruption" is a no-brainer, as that's what got everyone else shredding. "Freebird" is way overrated; the solo is just dull after the first minute. Page definitely laid down better solos than "Stairway". The rest I'm all okay with. Anyhow, the problem with the Hall is mainly who they haven't inducted rather than who they have. If they hadn't put AC/DC in by now we could definitely claim a hard rock/metal prejudice.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 19:07pm


Sam...here's a good example of Funkadelic when Eddie Hazel was their lead guitarist...he was a pretty incredible player...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVHrvx-Ua68

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 19:16pm


Sure their songs all sound the same. Sure Brian Johnson looks like a hitman and couldn't have ever had a solo career. Sure Bon Scott sounded like he should've been in jail. Sure they sing about hell and Satan and everything else kids shouldn't look up to. Sure they live off of the power chord. But, when it comes down to it, like Mick and Keef said, It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It), and NOBODY consistently plays ONLY ROCK N' ROLL like AC/DC...

P.S.

Posted by Dirty Deeds on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 17:15pm


Mike -

"Moi'" makes bad lists? Stairway and Kashmir are two of the most obvious, overblown picks regarding Zeppelin you'll ever come across. The first time I heard Stairway my buddies told me how awesome it was, blah-blah, and then I heard it. It's 4 minutes of build-up into a 2 minute release section. This would be great if Page had a solo worthy of it, but he smokes himself on Stairway w/just about every other Zeppelin solo he ever layed down in the studio. The payoff never comes in Stairway, and it's always been a let down. Kashmir's just to ponderous & boring. They did it better w/the long form blues on Zeppelin I (Dazed & Confused, How Many More Times). I like Zep when they give you 4-5 minute songs, or the occasional quickie like Good Times,Bad Times.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 18:47pm

Wow what an excellent summary of "Stairway to Heaven" the song many call "the greatest of all time." I feel kind of the same way about "Hotel California" (good song but overrated). In reference to the post about great guitar solos, I have to say "Maggot Brain" is incredible and works on many levels but "Comfortably Numb" wins the competition for me. If that song were a movie it would be Goodfellas. As for Kashmir, I like it personally and the 8 minutes are always a total trip for me that feel more like 4 but i can understand why you would find it boring. As for AC/DC, give me "The Jack," Dr. Hook never did anything better. Keep in mind all of this is just my personal taste though.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 07.6.10 @ 12:26pm


Sure their songs all sound the same. Sure Brian Johnson looks like a hitman and couldn't have ever had a solo career. Sure Bon Scott sounded like he should've been in jail. Sure they sing about hell and Satan and everything else kids shouldn't look up to. Sure they live off of the power chord. But, when it comes down to it, like Mick and Keef said, It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It), and NOBODY consistently plays ONLY ROCK N' ROLL like AC/DC...

P.S.

Posted by Dirty Deeds on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 17:15pm

Dirty Deeds, as Angus Young said at some point many, many years back (at least i think it was him and not any of the others). "It makes me angry when people say we've made 11 albums that sound exactly the same....we've made 12 albums that sound exactly the same" LOL

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 07.6.10 @ 12:30pm


Wow what an excellent summary of "Stairway to Heaven" the song many call "the greatest of all time." I feel kind of the same way about "Hotel California" (good song but overrated). In reference to the post about great guitar solos, I have to say "Maggot Brain" is incredible and works on many levels but "Comfortably Numb" wins the competition for me. If that song were a movie it would be Goodfellas. As for Kashmir, I like it personally and the 8 minutes are always a total trip for me that feel more like 4 but i can understand why you would find it boring. As for AC/DC, give me "The Jack," Dr. Hook never did anything better. Keep in mind all of this is just my personal taste though.






Too me i do agree with cheesecrop a little bit how kashmir is repetive and can get a little boring but stairway to heaven is completly diffrent. kashmir does not even have a real solo let alone robert plant pounding vocals. Too me Hotel California is good nothing else. not even my favorite eagles song. I think overall The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath make the most memorable songs that you would not only like tthe chorus but the overall song but whatever

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 08.22.10 @ 17:43pm


AC/DC are the greatest(in my opinion anyway) Back in Black the tribute song to Bon Scott is my all time favorite song and just listening to Bon's voice on songs like T.N.T, Can I Sit Next To You Girl, Whole Lotta Rosie etc. has the ability to send shivers down your spine.

Posted by Dion on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 06:32am


Both AC/DC and Little River Band released their first albums in 1976, both hail from Australia and have song that begin with the same four words. LRB had "It's A Long Way There" while AC/DC had "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 11.10.10 @ 05:49am


AC/DC RULES BETTER THEN KISS KOBY IS IN THE KISS ARMY IM IN THE AC/DC ARMY AC/DC ARE WAY BETTER THEN KISS BON JOVI GUNS N ROSES CINDRUELLA I LIKE BANDS LIKE IRON MAIDEN GRAVE DIGGER W.A.S.P MOTORHEAD VENOM SLAYER BUT AC/DC ISS THE KINGS OF METAL

Posted by cade on Monday, 12.12.11 @ 03:43am


AC/DC rules!!!! They're my favorite rock band of all time. My dad listened to them as a kid in the 70s and 80s and now I listen to them in the 00s and 10s. Here's my 10 favorite songs of theirs

10 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
9 Girls Got Rhythm
8 Rock 'n' Roll Train
7 Highway to Hell
6 Back in Black
5 T.N.T.
4 Hells Bells
3 Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
2 Thunderstruck
1 You Shook Me All Night Long

Posted by DogJay88 on Thursday, 01.26.12 @ 22:11pm


http://ourrockandrollhalloffame71305.yuku.com/topic/1551/Non-Inducted-Bassist-Mark-Evans-of-AC-DC-Is-He-Worthy?page=1

Non-Inducted Bassist Mark Evans of AC/DC - Is He Worthy?

Let's be clear of one thing. Mark Evans, a fired bass player from early AC/DC, wants to sell his book. You can read about that on Music-News.com.

He also claims that he was listed on the original announcement of AC/DC's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that AC/DC objected to his induction. After all, he was fired when he had a fallout with Malcolm Young during the recording of Let There Be Rock. He claims he was then pulled off the announcement and the induction.

Well, I can't locate a press release announce inductees on the R&RHoF website later than 2008, and our message board only goes back to Jul 2003, four months before that induction ceremony and seven months before the announcement, so I can't readily verify Evans' claim of being on the original announcement. My guess is, that claim is inflated, just like his claim of the importance of the albums he was on (more on that later). My guess is that he wasn't on the announcement at all, that the R&RHoF called the group beforehand to let them know they were voted in and let them know who were being planned to be inducted, and that Evans "announcement" refers to this particular time that we don't have much knowledge of.

Oh, we know about how the R&RHoF called Wanda Jackson's manager, her husband, to tell them of her induction, and her husband told her without telling her to not tell anyone. So, she shared it during her next interview. And we know about Tony Iommi raining on the R&RHoF's parade by placing a notice of their 2006 induction on his website during Thanksgiving weekend, 2005, forcing the R&RHoF to step up their announcement to the following Monday (can't blame him after all those way-too-many snubs). There have been other leaks as well.

The closest we've ever heard of someone who at first was included in an induction being pulled off the induction was Bob Welch and Fleetwood Mac. Even then, Welch was only important as the key person who helped Fleetwood Mac transition from being a British blues band to the pop/rock band that Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined. As important as that position was, he was never on any important albums himself. I wouldn't be surprised if either Mick Fleetwood or John McVie, maybe both, objected to Welch's induction because Welch sued Fleetwood Mac. Lawsuits tend to divide people permanently. But when push came to shove, I'm guessing the decision on Welch was based on his not being on any important Fleetwod Mac recordings. He was with the band in between their two great periods.

Evans claims he was on important recordings of AC/DC, claiming that T.N.T., High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Let There Be Rock were all important recordings. Now, at first blush, it would seem he's right. Didn't Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap peak at #3 after Back In Black was released? Well, that's only because we would be looking at their releases from an American point of view. DDDDC was actually released BEFORE Let There Be Rock in Australia. Now, you talk to All Music Guide, which posts the correct release order, and they'll said all four of those albums were important. But you talk to Rolling Stone, which Americanizes AC/DC's release schedule, and they'll claim, no, none of them are neither that important or that good. And let's face it - the common opinion is that there are two great AC/DC albums - Highway To Hell, with Bon Scott, and the subsequent Back In Black, with Brian Johnson. All the albums before are considered weak as the band was trying to come into form, and all the albums after are considered rehashes of those two great albums with the occasional great song. Many make an exception for For Those About To Rock, We Salute You, but that's it. It could be said that the ONLY reasons DDDDC sold so well in the U.S. is because it came out so soon after the great success of Back In Black and because it's the last recording American fans could buy of AC/DC with Bon Scott's vocals. On their evaluation, I tend to agree with Rolling Stone - DDDDC was not a great AC/DC album. It was only okay.

So, I suspect this is all hyperbole in the name of selling a book, and as such this hyperbole brings into question the integrity behind the book. So why would one want to buy a book if they think the person has no integrity?

Oh, that's right, people buy all those books written by celebrities and politicians all the time. . . .

In any case, it would seem Evans worthiness is questionable, and being on the border as it may be, the R&RHoF has firm reason to decide one way or the other whether he receives the honor.

So, let's recap. Bobby Nunn and Leon Hughes of the Coasters were on important recordings but were not inducted. Joe Long of the Four Seasons was on important recordings but not inducted. Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac was an important member who otherwise was not on any important recordings and was not inducted. And it's disputable whether Mark Evans of AC/DC was on any important recordings by the band and he was not inducted.

In 2003 when AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Evans was included in the original announcement, the band objected and had him removed from the induction despite the fact that singer Brian Johnson was allowed to qualify even though he had not been with the band for the 25-year rule that HOF insists on.

To let everyone know, if you haven't paid attention to the views on various threads lately, the views on this thread are somewhat disproportionate to how many posts there have been. That's because AC/DC fans have taken an interest in what's been said here. From what little I've gathered, some disagree strongly with Mark Evans not being inducted with AC/DC. On the other hand, some are shocked that Evans slagged AC/DC, blaming them for his exclusion. I doubt AC/DC had much to do with it, based on what the R&RHoF has done in the past, but whether Evans truly feels that way or he's just writing that is a question AC/DC fans will have to deal with.

You see, AC/DC is one of those acts that hasn't written much about their biography. They have forgotten, like many artists, how much they wanted to know everything about their musical heroes, warts and all, and how their fans feel the same way about them. The Evans biography is a goldmine, then. And to have something like THAT in there is extremely controversial. You either have to conclude AC/DC was being spiteful and petty, or Evans doesn't know what he's talking about, or the truth is something entirely different.

Former AC/DC Bassist MARK EVANS Knocks ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME After Snub - Nov. 2, 2011
Bassist Mark Evans, author of the new book "Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC" (Bazillion Points Books), joined AC/DC in 1975 and remained with them through their barroom days, their first international tours, and the majority of the Bon Scott-era albums: "High Voltage", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap", "T.N.T.", "Let There Be Rock", and the U.S.-only '74 "Jailbreak" collection-recordings that have since sold in excess of 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

To this day, controversy surrounds the popular bassist's exclusion from AC/DC's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. Towards the end of his memoir, the first of its kind by a classic-era AC/DC insider, Evans addresses the confounding experience of being an announced "foundation inductee" of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in November 2002 and then in short order being disinvited six weeks later, prevented from joining the group of past and present band members honored.

Evans describes the events in detail in "Dirty Deeds", and then reaches a damning conclusion:

"At first, the Hall Of Fame was full of positive signs: I was given dates, details of the induction at the Waldorf Astoria, the arrangements to be made. They said they'd be in contact and get the information to me. But then the temperature turned chilly. When we did get a reply, it was simply to announce that the Hall Of Fame had seen fit to review the nomination and had come to the conclusion that I didn't qualify. I was out.

"Let me just say that the band richly deserved to be in the Hall Of Fame. It was way overdue. Bon had to be included, of course, as well as the current lineup. And I had absolutely no problem with not being included; in the AC/DC timeline, I was there for only a brief time an important time, in my opinion, but a heartbeat by comparison with Cliff Williams's thirty-year-plus tenure. What I found galling was the Hall Of Fame's attitude. If a mistake was made, fine, then they should have dealt with it. A simple apology or at least an explanation would have been appreciated."

At nineteen years old in 1975, Evans joined AC/DC, one of the hardest-working and loudest barroom bands in Australia. His memoir, "Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC", dubbed "a rare 'been there, done that' perspective of touring with the group" by Library Journal, is a rich bounty of insight into the struggles and camaraderie that fueled hard rock's most successful group. Evans's likeable stories capture the energy and essence of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott. Encounters with rock and roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, BLACK SABBATH, Ahmet Ertegun and METALLICA also feature.

"Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC" is now available for order at www.dirtydeedsbook.com.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.20.12 @ 22:57pm


Few rock groups flaunt their allegiance to the devil as blatantly as AC/DC.

From the song "Highway To Hell" :

"Hey Satan, paid my dues, playing in a rockin' band, I'm on a highway to hell."

Not too long after this trash was recorded the lead singer Bon Scott met his demise after a night of drunkenness by choking to death on his own vomit. Even rock magazine Circus had this to say about the AC/DC's legacy of sin:

"Throughout the AC/DC catalogue, there is a disturbing correlation between pleasure/sex/drunkenness and unconsciousness/death, which has now reached its tragic culmination."


From the song "Hell's Bells" :

"if God's on the left, I'm on the right, I'm gonna take ya to hell, I'm gonna get'cha, Satan got'cha, Hell's Bells, If you're into evil, you're a friend of mine."


Richard Ramirez was a California serial killer called the "Night Stalker" who said AC/DC's song "Night Prowler" was the inspiration to murder and sacrifice at least 14 innocent human beings to Satan.

Other songs include "Dirty Deeds" which brags about the singer's ability to help anyone with all kinds of evil acts like murder by the use of cyanide poisoning.

Even the United States Army recognizes the power of AC/DC to harm the human psyche. They played AC/DC to drive Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega out of the Vatican Embassy and into their custody where he was sent to prison. It's horrifying to think that 50 million people around the world have embraced the wickedness that is AC/DC.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 03.31.12 @ 18:03pm


Evangelist, don't forget HIGH VOLTAGE!!!!

Posted by Paul in KY on Sunday, 04.1.12 @ 13:12pm


Hey, you forgot when AC/DC engouraged terrorism with the song TNT!

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 04.1.12 @ 13:51pm


Evangelist, how about the sexually suggestive lyrics in songs like "The Jack," "You Shook Me All Night Long" or "Whole Lotta Rosie?"

"The Jack" is about venereal disease and look at this lyric from "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"

"I Lead A Life Of Crime"

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 04.1.12 @ 14:45pm


Indeed. I could compile a half hour Power Point presentation chronicling the dangers of this group to one's spiritual and physical well being.

Posted by Evangelist on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 15:47pm


Physical?

does listening to AC/DC give you aids or something.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 16:47pm


Face it, the AC/DC lifestyle is a dead end. Look at what it did to their lead singer, for crying out loud.

Posted by Evangelist on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 17:45pm


well, can't you listen to it and just lead a normal life? my favorite band is The Beatles and i don't spend my time taking LSD and burning people's homes down.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 18:04pm


But if your goal is to lead a normal life and be a benefit to society, then why would you want to listen to a bunch of guys singing about "dirty deeds" and highways to hell and other unseemly behavior? Why not listen to music that lifts your spirit up and encourages you to do good deeds for your body and those around you?

On this holiest of weekends, I encourage all to shun the destructive and embrace the constructive in music and in life by embracing the One who died for our sins.

If AC/DC and their followers fail to repent from their wickedness, then upon death they will find themselves with an eternal place in the Satanic Hall Of Fame known as Hell.

Posted by Evangelist on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 20:04pm


I didn't know that mental hospitals allowed patients to use the Internet and troll on sites.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 00:08am


"I didn't know that mental hospitals allowed patients to use the Internet and troll on sites."

I think FRL is set as the homepage on most mental hospitals' computers.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 00:55am


must be, just look at the skid row page!

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 07:44am


DarinRG, I'm sure you're aware that my comment was intended for Evangelist. Whoever this person is, I pity him/her. Anyone who seriously believes that AC/DC has some kind of connection to Satanism is a joke. The devil horns are simply for shock value. As far as I know, none of the members of AC/DC are or ever were into performing any form of black magic.

Personally, I don't mind people who practice Wicca, Santeria, Satanism, or any other non-mainstream religions that continue to be discriminate against. Only a fool with a narrow mind would assume that someone who practices these religions is automatically a bloodthirsty heretic. The last time I checked, these religions have never been involved in bombing abortion clinics, stoning women and homosexuals to death, bombing cities, burning people with opposing views at the stake, or any other sordid activities that the major religions have practiced.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 16:34pm


yeah, apart from the hysterical myths of satanic rituals with the whole sacrificing people stuff, satanism really hasn't done anything wrong. can't say the same about Christianity, Islam, Judaism and all those...

now let's stop before we get into some massive religious argument.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 16:52pm


"DarinRG, I'm sure you're aware that my comment was intended for Evangelist." -Zach

Yeah, I knew where you were coming from. I just got a kick out of it because I wonder if people are posting from mental institutions several times a day on this site, especially a couple of our more single focus, repetitious, outlier regulars. Hell, sometimes even my own posts make me stop and check that the walls around me aren't made of rubber.

As far as Evangelist goes, I suspect it's someone doing a gimmick, in which case I find it kind of amusing. If it's legit, I also find it kind of amusing having grown up in and rejected religious extremism. I'm numb and jaded to that kind of mental illness at this point.

It makes me feel better for humanity to assume it's an act, though.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 04.8.12 @ 01:02am


Was going thru my AC/DC songs on my iPod & noticed that on same album (High Voltage), AC/DC has 'Most Rocking Song Using Bagpipes' in 'Long Way to the Top' and 'Most Rocking Song Using Word Oy' with 'TNT'.

Pretty impressive.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 10.22.13 @ 07:39am


Music for the drunken masses to riot by when the economy collapses and the banks close or when their favorite sports team loses the championship game.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 06.28.14 @ 17:02pm


Hell ya AC/DC rules!

Posted by Delta wolf on Monday, 11.21.16 @ 20:21pm


AC/DC has always been one of my all-time favorite bands. Yes, I know they're not the most musically varied of bands; but that's okay, because they always played music really well and sold millions of records!

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 16:30pm


RIP Malcolm Young

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.19.17 @ 12:08pm


The leader of the band. RIP, Malcolm.

Posted by Paul in KY on Sunday, 11.19.17 @ 19:46pm


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