AC/DC - Trivia
AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC were ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
Back in Black has sold an estimated 49 million units worldwide, making it the highest-selling album by any band and the second-highest-selling album in history, behind Thriller by Michael Jackson.The album has sold 22 million in the US alone, where it is the fifth-highest-selling album.
As of 2010, AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, as of the releases of their latest albums, Black Ice and the AC/DC: Iron Man 2 soundtrack, including 71 million albums in the United States.
A statue of Bon Scott was created in his honor, shortly after his death.
Angus Young tried a number of stage costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang, before settling on his signature schoolboy trademark. To match this image the press and public were told that Young was born in 1959, not 1955. The original uniform was from his secondary school, Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney. By 1973, Angus had long left school. His sister Margaret suggested he wear the uniform after Malcolm asked each band member to come up with their own gimmick, which was ironic as Angus very much disliked being at school. This was the era of glam rock, when costumes were common for pop and rock acts.
The Dutch rock guitarist Adje Van Den Berg (Adrian Vandenberg) introduced Angus Young to his current wife Ellen, at a concert in Nijmegen.
It was Bon Scott who told Angus Young about Brian Johnson (which lead to picking him as the new vocalist after Bon's death): "There's this guy up there screaming at the top of his lungs and then the next thing you know he hits the deck. He's on the floor, rolling around and screaming. I thought it was great, and then to top it off - you couldn't get a better encore - they came in and wheeled the guy off!"
Later that night, Johnson would be diagnosed with appendicitis, which was the cause of his writhing around on stage.
Falsely assumed to be a short form of "Anti-Christ Devil's Children", the band's name has a much more innocent origin: The Youngs' sister Margeret suggested it after seeing it on the back of a vacuum cleaner. In fact it is just the abbreviation of "Alternating Current/Direct Current". Additionally, the band claim to have no knowledge at the time of their initial rise to fame that their name was British slang for bisexuality.