AC/DC has been round for an extended whereas and their fanbase has grown an important deal. In that point an important deal has modified, from new lead singers to fully altered line-ups altogether. But one factor has remained the identical: the band title.
What does AC/DC imply?
Malcolm and Angus Young have been the brains behind AC/DC, and got here up with its title as properly.
The pair moved from Glasgow, Scotland to Australia in 1963, and noticed their older brothers, Alex and George kind bands.
Alex fashioned London-based band Grapefruit in 1967, whereas George turned a member of Australian band Easybeats, which bought younger Malcolm desirous about music.
Malcolm joined New South Wales band Velvet Underground, although this isn’t the well-known New York-based band, however ultimately got here up with a band title with Angus.
The thought for the band title got here when their sister Margaret noticed the initials on a stitching machine, AC/DC.
The abbreviation means alternating present/direct present electrical energy, which is what many imagine is the genesis behind the title.
With that being stated, nevertheless, it has been reported the brother’s felt the title represented the band’s energetic performances.
The brothers fashioned the band, with their brand-spanking-new title, with bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, and drummer Colin Burgess in November 1973, who they doubtless met on the Australian band circuit.
Angus shortly started performing in a college uniform-style outfit, which was reportedly an thought of Margaret’s after he tried a wide range of different costumes.
Of course, like many bands, they’ve had a altering line-up earlier than they discovered their present workforce, together with lead singer Brian Johnson, who has rejoined AC/DC after listening to loss pressured him to go away in 2016.
In 1974, Evans was changed by Bon Scott, who re-recorded the band’s solely single.
The band’s signature brand, which has their title with a lightning bolt by way of the AC and DC, was designed in 1977 by Gerard Huerta and first appeared on the worldwide model of Let There Be Rock.
Then later that yr noticed the departure of bassist Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess, and the band’s signature line was accomplished with the arrival of bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd.
Mark Evans was changed by Cliff Williams in 1977, who remained with the band till 2016, although the largest blow was to return with the loss of life of Bon Scott in 1980.
Brian Johnson was introduced in to switch Bon, and he remained with the band till 2016.
Phil Rudd left the band in 1983, although he returned from 1994 till 2015 after being changed by varied drummers within the interim years, although he has now returned together with Brian Johnson.
In the 2000s, many line-up modifications passed off, beginning with Malcom Young’s departure in 2014 resulting from his oncoming dementia. He died in 2017.
In 2015, Phil Rudd left the band once more and in 2016, Brian Johnson left resulting from listening to difficulties which pressured him to retire, although he’s again recording and hoping to tour with the band.
He was changed with Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose for a brief spell earlier than his latest return, earlier than bassist Cliff Williams additionally left the band in 2017.
At current, the line-up consists of Angus Young, drummer Phil Rudd, guitarist Stevie Young and vocalist Brian Johnson.