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10 Facts for Die-Hard AC/DC Fans

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Join us Oyster Run weekend for a fun and unforgettable performance by Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC tribute band that will rock your socks off! They’ll be playing at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge on the Main Stage on Saturday, September 24 for a FREE performance. Visit our Hell’s Belles event page for more details!

1. AC/DC was formed in 1973 in Sydney, Australia by Malcolm Young and his younger brother, Angus.

— Billboard.com

2. AC/DC’s album “Back in Black,” released in 1980, has sold more than 50 million copies, placing it higher than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” (45 mil.) and The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (32 mil.). It’s the second highest selling album in history, only topped by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

— Triplem.com

3. Angus and Malcolm’s older sister, Margaret, saw the initials AC/DC (which stands for “alternating current/direct current”) on a sewing machine. The brothers thought this name summed up their energy. The band is popularly known as ‘Acca Dacca’ in Australia.

— Telegraph.co.uk

4. The current band members are: Angus Young (1973-present), Malcolm Young (1973-present), Phil Rudd (1975-1983, 1994-present), Cliff Williams (1977-present) and Brian Johnson (1980-present). But there have been 18 other former and temporary members.

— Telegraph.co.uk

5. Guitarist Angus Young’s sister, Margaret, had originally suggested that Angus wear his trademark school uniform on stage. She also suggested the group’s band name after noticing the letters “AC/DC” on a vacuum cleaner, which stands for “alternating current/direct current.” Angus and Malcom christened it their band name.

— Gibson.com

6. In 1989, the U.S. government used the songs “Hell’s Belles” and “Highway to Hell,” among others, to help oust former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, an opera lover, from power. Bombarding Manuel Noriega’s embassy with loud music, he soon stepped down, unable to take the rock power.

— Gibson.com

7. AC/DC has 21 songs with the word “rock” in the title, including “Rock or Bust” and “Got Some Rock N’ Roll Thunder.”

— Triplem.com

8. AC/DC wrote soundtrack songs for the movies “Maximum Overdrive” and “Iron Man 2.”

— Triplem.com

9. The Melbourne City Council unanimously voted to change their “Corporation Lane” to “ACDC Lane,” in honor of the influential rock group. The thunder bolt was left out, however, since it didn’t fit the city’s naming guidelines.

— Theage.com.au

10. One of Angus Young’s favorite sandwiches is a “chip butty sandwich,” which consists of French fries and butter. “It’s got rock and roll written all over it. If you said to me, “Would you rather have a chip butty or dine with the president, I’d say the chip butty” and he’d probably follow suit,” Angus said in an online Q&A.

— Reddit.com