AC/DC Band, Logo, Songs, Album, Tours and Members

Ac/Dc Band

AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal. The band themselves describe their music as simply “rock and roll”

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Ac/Dc Background and Name

Brothers Malcolm, Angus, and George Young were born in Glasgow, Scotland living at 6 Skerryvore Road in the Cranhill area. The Big Freeze of 1963 was the worst winter on record in Scotland with snow eight feet (2.4 m) deep. A TV advertisement at the same time offered assisted travel for families for a different life in Australia. Fifteen members of the Young family left Scotland by plane in late June 1963. Before moving into a house at 4 Burleigh Street in the suburb of Burwood they initially stayed at Villawood Migrant Hostel (a site later developed as Villawood Immigration Detention Centre) in Nissen huts, where George Young met and became friends with another migrant, Dutchman Harry Vanda.

George was the first to learn to play the guitar. He became a member of the Easybeats, one of Australia’s most successful bands of the 1960s. Malcolm followed in George’s footsteps by playing with a Newcastle, New South Wales, band called the Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the New York-based Velvet Underground). Their older brother Alex Young chose to remain in Britain to pursue musical interests. In 1967, Alex formed and played bass in the London-based band Grapefruit—initially called “The Grapefruit”—with three former members of Tony Rivers and the Castaways, John Perry, Geoff Swettenham, and Pete Swettenham.

The band’s logo was designed in 1977 by Gerard Huerta. It first appeared on the international version of Let There Be Rock.
Malcolm and Angus Young developed the idea for the band’s name after their sister, Margaret Young, saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine. “AC/DC” is an abbreviation meaning “alternating current/direct current” electricity. The brothers felt that this name symbolized the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances of their music. “AC/DC” is pronounced one letter at a time, though the band is colloquially known as “Acca Dacca” in Australia. The AC/DC band name is stylised with a high voltage sign separating the “AC” and “DC” and has been used on all studio albums, with the exception of the international version of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

Ac/Dc Early years

In November 1973, Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC and recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, and Colin Burgess, ex-Masters Apprentices drummer.Pushing hard for the band’s success were Australia’s roadie Ray Arnold and his partner Alan Kissack. Gene Pierson booked the band to play at Chequers nightclub on New Year’s Eve, 1973.

By this time, Angus Young had adopted his characteristic school-uniform stage outfit. The idea was his sister Margaret’s. Angus had tried other costumes: Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang. In its early days, most members of the band dressed in some form of glam or satin outfit.

On stage, Evans was occasionally replaced by the band’s first manager, Dennis Laughlin, original lead singer with Sherbet. In Paul Stenning’s book AC/DC: Two Sides To Every Glory it is stated that Evans did not get along with Laughlin, which also contributed to the band’s ill feeling toward Evans. By the middle of 1974, the band had built up a strong live reputation which led to a support slot for the visiting Lou Reed.

Some time in 1974, on the recommendation of Michael Chugg, veteran Melbourne promoter Michael Browning booked the band to play at his club, the Hard Rock. He did not like their glam rock image and felt that Evans was the wrong singer for the band, but was impressed by the Young brothers’ guitar playing. Shortly afterward, he received a call from the band; Laughlin had quit as manager, and they were stuck in Adelaide with no money. Browning agreed to bail them out and booked them for another gig at the Hard Rock. Following the gig, they agreed to take him on as their new manager, with the co-operation of their older brother George and Harry Vanda.

The Young brothers decided to abandon the glam rock image which had already been adopted by Melbourne band The Skyhooks and pursue a harder blues-rock sound. To this end, they agreed that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the group. Around this time, they also moved their base to Melbourne, where they frequently played at the Hard Rock.

Ac/Dc Songs

2017 Who Made Who

2008 Rock ‘n’ Roll Train

2000 Safe In New York City

2000 Stiff Upper Lip

1995 Hard as a Rock

1993 Big Gun

1990 Thunderstruck

1990 Are You Ready

1990 Money talks

1988 Heatseeker

1981 For Those About to Rock

1980 Back In Black

1980 Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

1980 Hells Bells

1980 You Shook Me All Night Long

1980 Shoot to Thrill

1979 Touch Too Much

1979 Girls Got Rhythm

1979 Highway to Hell

1979 Walk All Over You

1978 Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation

1977 Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be

1977 Let There Be Rock

1977 Whole Lotta Rosie

Ac/Dc Highway To Hell

Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 27 July 1979. It was the band’s fifth studio album released internationally and the sixth to be released in Australia. It was the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott, who died early the following year on 19 February 1980.

Artist: AC/DC
Movie: Live at Donington
Released: 1979
Genre: Hard Rock
Nominations: Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance

Ac/Dc Thunderstruck

“Thunderstruck” is the lead single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, “Thunderstruck” topped Triple M’s Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs

Artist: AC/DC
Movie: Live at Donington
Released: 1990
Songwriter(s): Angus Young; Malcolm Young
Recorded: January 1990

Ac/Dc Members

Current members

  • Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present)
  • Chris Slade – drums (1989–1994, 2015–present)
  • Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)
  • Axl Rose – lead vocals (2016–present)

Former members

  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–2014; died 2017)
  • Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–1974)
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–1980; died 1980)
  • Phil Rudd – drums (1975–1983, 1994–2015)
  • Mark Evans – bass guitar (1975–1977)
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–2016)
  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–2016)
  • Simon Wright – drums (1983–1989)

Ac/Dc Back In Black

Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. It was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. It is the band’s first album to feature vocalist Brian Johnson, following the death of previous vocalist Bon Scott.
Artist: AC/DC
Release date: 25 July 1980
Studio: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genres: Heavy metal, Hard rock, Blues rock

Ac/Dc Tour

  • Sat, 6 Apr
    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    Yardbirds Rock Club
  • Thu, 23 May
    Lebanon, OH, United States
    Miami Valley Gaming Casino
  • Sat, 25 May
    Bamber Bridge, Preston, United Kingdom
    Bamber Bridge Football Club
  • Sat, 29 Jun
    Geldrop, Netherlands
    Kasteel Geldrop
  • Sat, 7 Sep
    Wheeling, WV, United States
    Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
  • Fri, 20 Sep
    Wolverhampton, Bilston, United Kingdom
    The Robin 2 Hotel
  • Sat, 28 Sep
    Rødovre, Denmark
  • Fri, 8 Nov
    Horsens, Denmark
    Horsens Ny Teater A / S
  • Sat, 30 Nov
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    The Boulevard
  • Sat, 7 Dec
    Atherton, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Atherton & Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Association

Ac/Dc Albums

Back in Black (1980)

Highway to Hell (1979)

Rock or Bust (2014)

High Voltage (1976)

Black Ice (2008)

The Razor Edge (1990)

Let There Be Rock (1977)

Powerage (1978)

Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap (1976)

Stiff Upper Lip (2000)

For Those About To We Rock We Salut (1981)

Ballbreaker (1995)

If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978)

Fly on the Wall (1985)

Live at River plate (2012)

Who Made Who (1986)

Flick of the switch (1983)

Blow Up Your Video (1988)

T.N.T (1975)

Warning! High Voltage (2007)

Shocking Rare (2006)

Hell Best

Transmission Impossible (2016)

AC/DC Highway To Melbourne (1988)

The Very Best Hot as Hell (2016)

Californication (2017)

Cleveland Rocks (2016)


Legendary Fm Broadcast (1990)

The Very Best (2001)

Melbourne (1974)

San Francisco ’77 (2015)

Live On Stage Fm Broadcast (2016)

The Haymaarket (2016)

In Nashville August 8th (2015)

Stiff Upper Lip Tour Edition (2001)

Ac/Dc Big Balls

“Big Balls” is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the sixth track of their Australian album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australia), released in September 1976

Artist: AC/DC
Album: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Released: 1976
Genre: Hard Rock

Ac/Dc Hells Bells

“Hells Bells” is the first track of Back in Black, the seventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC and their comeback album after the death of lead singer Bon Scott. “Hells Bells” is the second single from Back in Black, released on 31 October 1980. The song also appears on Who Made Who, AC/DC’s 1986 soundtrack to the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive and on both versions of 1992’s AC/DC Live.

Artist: AC/DC
Album: Back in Black
Released: 1980
Genres: Hard Rock, Rock