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AC/DC are a rock band formed by two brothers in Sydney Australia. The brothers Angus and Malcom Young born in Glasgow, Scotland formed the group in 1973 after moving to Australia. The band line-up has changed several times over the years and are expecting to release another album in 2007. Their record sales worldwide is currently over 150 million albums with albums such as ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘Back in Black’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.
The Beatles, the pop band of the sixties are one of the most successful bands of all time. The fab four from Liverpool included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. During their time as a band they have released more than 40 different singles, albums and EPs that have reached number one. The band also made several films such as ‘A Hard Days Night’ and ‘Help’. The bands music is still a firm favourite with many.
Blondie was formed in 1974 by Chris Stein and Deborah Harry. Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri joined in 1975 and they released their first album ‘Blondie’ in 1977. The band released 6 albums up to their breakup in 1982 due to Chris Stein’s near fatel illness. He recovered and the band reformed in 1998 releasing a further 2 albums.
Guns N Roses
Guns ‘N’ Roses are one of America’s most successful rock band. They formed in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Their frontman Axl Rose is the only original member of the band. Guns N Roses are reported to have sold over 90 million albums worldwide.
Led Zeppelin are a rock band formed in 1968 and are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. The original band members included Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. The band disbanded in 1980 after Bonhams death but have continued to be held in high esteem by their fans around the world.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band that were formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. They have sold more than 90 million albums worldwide with albums such as ‘Kill ‘Em All’, ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘And Justice for All’. They are also considered to be one of the biggest thrash metal bands along with Megadeath, Slayer and Anthrax. Metallica released their ninth album ‘Death Magnetic’ in 2008.
Formed by Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, Motorhead became one of the greatest British heavy metal bands of all time. Their first album was released in 1975 titled ‘Parole’ and have had their latest album called ‘Motorizer’ released in 2008. Their signature single the ‘Ace of Spades’ was released in 1980 and remains one of their most known tracks.
Pink Floyd evolved in the 1960’s and were known for their ‘pyschedelic’ rock music and later their progressive rock music. They have sold over 200 million albums worldwide some of which include ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Wall’. Band members have included, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Nick Mason and Bob Klose.
The Ramones are an American rock band that originally formed in 1974. The original band members consisted of Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone. Several other members of the family also joined the band, Marky, C.J. and Richie. The band dis-banded in 1996 and are now considered to be one of the best ever Rock and Roll Bands.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Their most successful album released so far is Californication in 1999 which sold over 15 million worldwide. Their latest album released in 2006 called Stadium Arcadium debuted the album charts at number 1 in America, the UK and 26 other countries resulting in sales of over 7 million by the end of the year.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones formed in the early 60’s and had their first number 1 album in 1964. The band included Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards. The main song writers being Jagger and Richards who are the only original members of the band. They still continue to tour worldwide – long live the Rolling Stones!
The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols formed in 1976 and were one of the most controversial and influential Punk Rock bands of their time. Originally the band was formed by Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock. But in 1977 band manager Malcom McLaren replaced Glen Matlock with Sid Vicious. Some of the music they are remembered for is their studio album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ and singles, ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.
The Clash have got to be one of the best punk rock bands ever. From 1976 to 1986 they brought us some of the classic hits of that punk rock era. ‘London Calling’, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I go’ and ‘I Fought The Law’ were pure punk genius!
The Who were formed in 1964 in the UK and are widely acclaimed to be one of the most influential rock bands of all time. The initial line up consisted of Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Their hit singles include ‘I Can’t Explain’,’Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’, ‘My Generation’, ‘I Can See for Miles’ and ‘Magic Bus’. They also created albums which were later made into cult films including ‘Tommy’ released in 1975 and ‘Quadrophenia’ released in 1979. The band recently headlined at Glastonbury in June 2007.
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