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32 Years Of Back In Black

32 years ago, July 25th 1980, AC/DC released their album "Back In Black". At the time, no one knew the fate of the band, with the untimely death of lead singer Bon Scott on the cusp of their most successful world tour and album to date "Highway To Hell", AC/DC were left to face tragedy and dismay. Malcolm suggested rehearsing to Angus as a way to help cope with their loss, and before long the band decided to carry on. AC/DC were however left with the decision of finding a singer. Enter Brian Johnson, who impressed the band enough to land the job and would be off to write and record at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas by April.

The completed album, which would be titled "Back In Black" as tribute to Bon was released in July and would catapult up the charts and just a few months later would quickly go platinum in the U.S.A. . "I'm a rolling thunder, pourin’ rain. I'm comin' on like a hurricane. My lightning's flashing across the sky. You're only young but you're gonna die." sings Brian in the opening track "Hells Bells". Aside from "Hells Bells" the album is home to many staple AC/DC songs such as "Shoot To Thrill", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", and of course the title track. With the massive success of the album, and the world tour that followed, "Back In Black" paved the way for a whole new generation of bands, opening the gates for hard rock music in the early 80's and beyond.

By December 2007, "Back In Black" had gone on to sell over 22 million copies in the U.S. alone, with total worldwide sales of nearly 50 million copies, becoming the second biggest selling album of all time by any artist. In the immortal words of Bon Scott "It's A Long Way To The Top, If You Wanna Rock 'N Roll"...