June 15, 2015

AC/DC is among the ten artists who will be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame, which will be celebrated on November 20 with a concert at the Palais Theatre headlined by John Farnham.

Previously known as The Age EG Awards, The Age Music Victoria Awards are the largest publicly voted awards in Australia. The event presents publicly voted awards in categories across all genres which are voted via The Age online.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young said of the induction: "Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame. It's an honor."

Although AC/DC formed in Sydney, their legend really began in Melbourne when they moved into 6 Lansdowne Road, East St Kilda which became a 24-hour party house. Rosie, an obese Tasmanian woman who inspired the song "Whole Lotta Rosie", was a neighbor, Angus's school uniform made its debut in Melbourne, and the "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" video shot in Swanston Street and the naming of AC/DC Lane strengthened the band's ties to the city.

AC/DC's early manager Michael Browning said: "If it hadn't been for Melbourne, AC/DC wouldn't have existed. There wasn't enough of a support system anywhere else in the country."

AC/DC's sixteenth studio album, "Rock Or Bust", has sold around 532,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December.

It's the band's first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Although Rudd played on "Rock Or Bust", he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc.

One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band's lineup for its performance on the February 8 Grammy Awards telecast. Slade is also behind the kit for the group's current world tour.

The band will return to North America later this summer for 13 more tour dates, starting on August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and wrapping up on September 28 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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