AC/DC celebrates 40 years of "Highway to Hell" by releasing rare videos

AC/DC has been around a long time; Malcolm and Angus Young formed the band in Sydney, Australia in 1973. After adding Bon Scott as lead singer they released their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. They also had drummer Phil Rudd and bass player Mark Evans, who was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for their next album, Powerage. By 1980, right when they were about to release the album Highway To Hell, Bon Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning.

They also disbanded in light of Scott's demise, but decided to bring Brian Johnson in as their new lead singer and they've been rocking it ever since. Their first album with Johnson, Back in Black, was dedicated to Scott's memory and became one of the best selling albums of all time.

When AC/DC said they were making an announcement today, many thought it might be a new tour announcement; others feared they were to announce their retirement. What they did instead was reveal that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their album Highway to Hell on July 27th, starting today (Wednesday) they're posting several rare videos from their Plug Me In DVD box on their YouTube channel.

The first video is their performance of "Highway to Hell" from the Dutch TV show Countdown from July 13th, 1979, just over 40 years ago now (yikes!) You can watch it below, and be ready for more videos to be released over the coming days!

Eric Paulsen

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