This year marks the 50 years since AC/DC, one of Australia's most iconic rock bands, first formed. To mark the occasion, we are sharing 3 recently acquired photographs of the band from photojournalist Leigh Henningham.
Leigh Henningham was working for the Herald newspaper when he covered the final performances of the Back in Black tour in front of 10,000 people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on 27 and 28 February 1981. The photos show lead guitarist Angus Young and lead singer Brian Johnson silhouetted against a black arena sky.
These photographs capture a significant performance of one of Australia’s most famous bands during the peak of their influence, and they represent the energy of this era of live music. This trio of images provided an opportunity to add to the Library's collection and increase the representation of Australia’s successes in the field of popular music.
Back in Black was the band’s first album following the tragic death of lead singer Bon Scott, and featured new lead singer Brian Johnson. It became their most successful album and the second-best selling album of all time (after Thriller by Michael Jackson). Scott’s death had nearly caused the band to split, but after being persuaded by his family to continue, they hired Brian Johnson as a replacement. Four months later, the band released Back in Black which became an extraordinary commercial and critical success, and AC/DC embarked on a year-long worldwide tour over 1980 and 1981.