AC/DC: 10 Facts You May Not Have Known

Are you a fan of Hard Rock legends AC/DC? They’ve been around for so long and there are probably a few things that you didn’t know about them.

AC/DC will always be one of my favorite hard rock acts. I’ve been listening to them since I was in high school. I think I was 13 years old when I first heard their legendary song “Thunderstruck”. Some may argue that their musical style has not changed one bit since their formation, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not legendary.


Here are 10 things that you may not have known about AC/DC:

1. They’ve been around or a long time…

The band was formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young in Sydney, Australia.

2.They got their name from a sewing machine…

The idea for the band’s name came after the Young brother’s older sister Margaret saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine (meaning “alternate current / direct current”). Malcolm and Angus Young felt that this name symbolised the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances, and a love for their music.

3. They have a different name in Australia

AC/DC are colloquially known as “Acca Dacca” Down Under.

4. They’ve had a lot of different members over the years

The current members of AC/DC are Angus Young, Chris Slade, Stevie Young and Axl Rose (of Guns N’ Roses fame).

Former members of the band include Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young (who died in November 2017), Phil Rudd, Dave Evans, Larry Van Kriedt, Colin Burgess, Neil Smith, Ron Carpenter, Russell Coleman, Noel Taylor, Peter Clack, Rob Bailey, Bon Scott, Mark Evans, Simon Wright and Chris Slade.

5. Their first lead singer died in 1980 in London

Bon Scott passed out in a car after a heavy night of drinking at the Machine Club and did not wake up the next morning.  The official cause was listed as “acute alcohol poisoning”. He had been the band’s lead vocalist from 1974.

6. Their second singer left the band in 2016

Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott in 1980. He left the band while they were on tour in October 2016. His doctors had ordered him to stop touring immediately. Johnson’s hearing loss (which was a result of constant touring with the band and his love of auto racing) had accelerated. He risked complete deafness. He was replaced by Axl Rose.

7. Angus Young has put on some weird outfits over the years

His outfits on stage have ranged from Spider-Man to a gorilla outfit and school uniforms. He even got onto stage in a Super-Ang outfit.

8. Bonn Scott changed his name because people made fun of him

Bon Scott’s real name is Ronald Scott. When he moved to Australia from Scotland, people made fun of him by calling him Bonnie Scotland. He obviously didn’t like that.

9. They’ve been honored with street names and statues

AC/DC have had streets named after them in Leganes (near Madrid) in Spain and in Melbourne. A statue of Bon Scott was erected in Fremantle harbour in Australia in 2008.

10. Angus Young has played guitar while his amp was on fire

In 1977 Angus Young’s guitar amplifier caught fire during the solo recording of “Lets there be rock”. He kept on playing because his brother urged him to do so. It happened again during the “Rock or bust”, but Angus didn’t even realize it – he thought it was just a cigarette.

There you have it, 10 things you might not have known about AC/DC. If you have another fact that you wanna add about AC/DC, please comment on this post. Feedback is appreciated and welcome.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Bonita

    woooHooOOoooOoooo!! ..loving Rocktober!! 😀

  2. Louisa

    Don’t know how true it is, but apparently Brian Johnson was the band’s tour bus driver and had learnt all the band’s song because he heard them so often. When the band were looking to replace Bon Scott, they heard Brian singing to himself in the bus and the rest, as they say, is history

  3. Colin

    @Louisa: It was Bon Scott who was the band’s bus driver during the early years back in South Australia , When the original singer Dave Evans left the band Bon was asked to fill in due to his previous experience of singing in local bands like Fraternity and The Valentines, When Bon died in 1980 Brian was asked to come for an audition due to the band receiving a tape from an AC/DC fan in Cleveland Ohio , Brian was also seen on tour in the UK when Bon was touring with his early band’s and gave Brian a great review to the young brothers when they first met. And the rest they say is history.
    Hope this clears things up!

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