It is quite funny, that they still call themselves a pure ‘rock and roll’ band , comparing themselves with The Beach Boys, Golden Earring and The Who, whereas most of the songs sound like that of ,The Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Irrespective of what they call themselves, they have sold more than 200 million albums till date.
Inspite of being a full blooded Aussie rock band, they are very popular In the US, with Back In Black being one of the 12 albums ever, to be certified as a Double Diamond album, for selling more than 20 million copies.
The band was formed by in 1973 Angus and Malcolm Young two brothers from Australia.
Surprisingly, the name AC/DC (#ad) was given to them by their sister Margaret who saw the initials on a sewing machine and the brothers thought the named summed up their energy.
The group has gone through a lot of challenges and several line-up changes in 1975.
The band had even considered disbanding after Ben Scott (#ad) the lead singer and co-songwriter died after heavy consumption of alcohol.
They decided to continue after Scott’s parents affirmed their unconditional support for them and they started looking for a new vocalist.
They eventually tapped Brian Johnson and later in 1980, they released the album Back In Black (#ad) which they dedicated to Scott.
The band has millions of fans all over the world following them everywhere they go.
They might be so interesting and fun to listen to, but still, there are a lot of disturbing things about the band that we ought to know:
1. Gay Rumors
Before this band made it big like they are today, they often accepted gigs from almost anywhere.
So many people believed the name AC/DC was a household name concerning homosexuality.
When they accepted gigs from gay bars before they got their huge break, rumors had it that the name AC/DC had something to do with the sexuality of some of the band’s members.
2. The ‘name’ AC/DC
This debunks rumors of any other meaning of the name AC/DC.
They adopted the name from a sticker in a sewing machine used by their elder sister Margaret.
It seems like the band take a lot from the sister. She also designs the school outfits worn by Angus.
3. Never Paid for their Logo
The AC/DC logo was designed by Gerard Huerta.
Margret came up with the idea of the logo, but the design was made by Gerard who never received even a dime in royalties for the logo’s use in merchandising.
The logo was used by the band to push so many things forward, and they were paid millions in return, but Gerard never got a dime from it.
4. Attempted Murder and Drug Possession
One of the band’s members Phill Rudd, a drummer was home detained after he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and threatening to kill.
Rudd was sacked from the band in 1983, but he is still associated with them.
He says the band members had all stopped talking to him after he was charged and plead guilty.
5. Torture Music
In December 1989, a mission “Operation Nifty Package” was put into place.
The mission was to capture a Panamanian Dictator General Manuel Noriega using psychological warfare.
To achieve this, they used AC/DC’s music and they played it so loudly towards the dictator.
The mission was successful as the General turned himself in.
6. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – Scandalous Phone Number
In their song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, serial numbers were sung, followed by Hey which freaked out some of his fans.
When put together, the numbers were a phone number for a couple who sued the band after receiving so many prank calls on the number.
7. A Celebration of the Fall of Communism
After the Soviet Union fell, AC/DC joined Metallica to be the first band to perform in the region for the first time.
It was one of the biggest concerts in history attended by more than 1 million people.
8. Digital Resistance
The band never embraced the idea spread by people, that younger audiences weren’t listening to their music as it was before.
For this reason, it took them such a long time up to 2012 when their music was available in the digital world. The resistance though was untamed.
9. They Have Their Own Lane
Melbourne City Council thought the band was an iconic figure and they voted to name a city street after the band AC/DC.
The street was known as corporation lane, but now it has been changed to ACDC lane.
10. Original Frontman Drug Addiction
Bon Scott who was the original frontman for the band, was almost fired by the band due to a heroin overdose before he died.
The band felt he was unreliable, but he stayed in the group until he died.
11. Dementia Hit The Band Hard
In 2015, Malcolm Young (#ad) one of the co-founders of the band retired from it after suffering from dementia.
He later passed on in 2017 and the band almost disbanded because of it.
It hit them hard as Malcolm was like the driving force of the band.
12. Their Music Helps Fight Cancer
Researchers at the University of South Australia are using ‘Thunderstruck’ one of the band’s songs during chemotherapy.
They have found that the treatment is more effective when the song is being played.
13. Brian Johnson Retiring Rumors
There were rumors that Brian Johnson was retiring from touring and concentrate on his love for cars.
The band however unanimously disagreed with it and he said, he would stop touring if he couldn’t perform for a whole concert.
14. Ruptured Eardrums
Brian Johnson was prohibited from touring by his doctor due to impaired hearing.
He had ruptured his eardrums and in 2016, his doctor stopped him from touring.
15. Record-Breaking Noise Level
Attending an AC/DC concert? You can expect sound levels of up to 130 decibels!
An air craft taking off reaches 140 decibels, this might be one reason, why they take only open-air concerts, because the whole city can hear and sing along.