X Factor winner, Lily Allen, AC/DC lead race for Christmas No.1
... 23px;letter-spacing: -1px;line-height: 23px;margin: 0px;padding: 0px 6px;position: relative;text-decoration: none;white-space: nowrap;}Lily Allen Tickets The X Factor winner, whoever that may be, is currently favourite to score the Christmas No.1 this year, despite fierce, festive competition from unusual competition including AC/DC
and current chart topper, Lily Allen. The as-yet-unknown single from the as-yet-unknown winner will be revealed next weekend (14 December, 2013) when Sam Baily, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend compete for the coveted poison chalice of the X Factor winner's title. Sam Bailey is the current favourite to win the show. However, an online campaign to get AC/DC
to the festive top spot with their iconic un-festive hit 'Highway To Hell' is also picking up steam - with rock fans keen to derail The X Factor from scoring another festive No.1. Lily Allen is also one of the front-runners, having this week returned to the top spot with her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know' from this year's John Lewis advert. Also in the running are The Specials, U2 and a number of charty efforts. Paddypower Christmas No.1 betting odds are as follows: X Factor winner - 4/9 The Specials - 9/2 AC/DC
- 11/2 Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley - 8/1 Lily Allen - 12/1 U2 - 12/1 Paramilitary Wives - 16/1 NHS Trust Choir - 16/1 The Big Reunion - 25/1Below: 13 tracks we would much rather see at Christmas No.1 X Factor winner, Lily Allen, AC/DC
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AC/DC Pinball Machine Released
... (hennemusic) A new AC/DC
pinball machine has been released by Stern Pinball, Inc. The AC/DC
Luci Premium pinball machine features an entirely new original artwork package by Steve. The new pinball machine game includes twelve classic AC/DC
hits including "Back in Black," "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Other features of the new pinball machine include a lower playfield, ball-shooting cannon, drop targets, a mechanized Hell's Bell and animations of the band. more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. AC/DC
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Motley Crue's Vince Neil Jams AC/DC Classic
... (hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil joined Sin City Sinners for the AC/DC
classic, "Highway To Hell", at the November 9th grand opening of Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party! in Las Vegas, and video of the performance has surfaced. Neil's latest venture, located at the Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, has been launched with partners David Tuttleman and Mark Green, owners of Kahunaville at Treasure Island. "I have wanted to expand the Tatuado brand and bring it to The Strip for a while," said Neil. "Teaming with David and Mark to recreate Rock & Rita's into my own spot will create a true home for the brand. People can come have a great time and enjoy my signature line of spirits while they party." Watch the video here. hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Motley Crue's Vince Neil Jams AC/DC
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The Young Brothers and Bon Scott were all born in Scotland. They formed the group after moving to Australia.
Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 after a drinking binge that night. The coroner's report says, "Acute Alcohol Poisoning and Death By Misadventure."
Three teenagers were crushed to death at their concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 18, 1991, when the crowd rushed to the front to get the best seats. The band did not know of the deaths, and played on to avoid further problems. They were devastated when they found out some fans were killed.
Bon Scott's real first name is Ronald. When he moved from Scotland to Australia, they made fun of him by calling him Bonnie Scotland, which shortened to Bon Scott.
AC/DC is an English term for bisexual. The band did not know this, and has spent a lot of time trying to demonstrate that they like only women. They chose the name after Angus and Malcolm's sister saw "AC/DC" on a sewing machine - an abbreviation for "Alternating Current/Direct Current." (thanks, Jim - FT Thomas, KY)
George Young, Angus and Malcolm's older brother, was in the popular Australian group The Easybeats. He produced most of AC/DC's albums.
They sometimes had trouble getting into their own shows because they looked just as scruffy as their fans.
In 1989, the US military blared AC/DC music at General Manuel Noriega's compound in Panama for 2 days straight. The dictator surrendered.
Angus performs in a school boy uniform. He actually was in school when they started playing shows. His sister suggested the outfit. (thanks, Jim - FT Thomas, KY)
Scott started out as the band's roadie. He went on one night when their regular singer couldn't make it, and immediately became their lead singer.
Brian Johnson races cars as a hobby. He used to be a paratrooper. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
There is an AC/DC tribute band called Hayseed Dixie that plays their songs in a Bluegrass style. There is also an all-female tribute band in Seattle called Hell's Belles.
Before donning his trademark schoolboy uniform, Angus Young performed in gorilla, Zorro, and Superman outfits.
Malcolm Young claims he gave up the lead guitar position in favor of drinking.
Before joining AC/DC, Scott was in bands called The Spectors, the Valentines, and Fraternity. Brian Johnson was member of hard-rock group Geordie. (thanks, George - Sofia, Bulgaria)
A 1976 review of AC/DC's first release in Rolling Stone declared, "Hard Rock has unquestionably hit its all-time low." They didn't appear on the cover of the magazine until the October 30, 2008 issue, but in 2003 Shania Twain wore an AC/DC T-shirt (and not much else) when she made the cover.
Malcolm Young was originally in a band called The Velvet Underground (no relation to Lou Reed's band). (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
AC/DC is a scientific name for converting electricity. For electrical equipment to work AC must be changed to DC, a rectifier is needed to do this. So you can relate this to some of their songs and album names. (thanks, Andrew - From under the Lemon tree in the forest of Love.)
You will not hear any effects on any guitar during a performance, which is rare for bands today. Angus and Mal use Marshall stacks; typically 100W super leads live, and JTM45s in studio. (thanks, Dave - Latham , NY)
AC/DC's lyrics usually deal with some combination of drinking, sex and Rock. They never play ballads and steer clear of any political songs.
On May 26, 1988, the Australian postal service released "Australian Rock 'N Roll" stamps featuring 12 artists, including Angus Young. On his schoolboy backpack you can read, "It's a long way to the top." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Dave Evans recorded the band's first 2 singles, "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" and "Baby Please Don't Go," before leaving to join Newcastle glam rockers Rabbit. Unlike AC/DC's grungy image, Evans dressed more glittery, which was a source of conflict. (thanks, Jo - Newcastle, Australia)
After being put off for several years by their signed band, AC/DC, one day the producers of Atlantic records visited the studio where the band was making their fourth full album Powerage. The producers put their foot down on the band and told them they must come up with a ballad for the album. All the current bands at the time were climbing the charts with rock ballads and Atlantic wanted to cash in.
The band told the record company that they honestly did not know how to make ballads. They said they wouldn't know even how to begin crafting such a song. The producers brought in an expert to sit down with the band and the expert said all they needed to do was think of the last time a girlfriend they had did them wrong and then just write about it.
The expert also said that the guitar players should not play over the vocals during the verses-to let the vocals be the center point of the song. This, they said, would constitute a proper rock ballad. AC/DC said they would give it a shot, and after a few weeks the producers visited the studio to listen to the band's first ballad. After the song ended the Atlantic producers just looked at each other and shook their heads. They told the band to go on with it and walked out. (thanks, Dave - Los Angeles, CA)
Simon Wright was not the drummer for AC/DC for the entire time of Phil Rudd's absence. Simon was with the band for about 2 1/2 - 3 years then left. Former drummer of The Firm, Chris Slade then joined the band in time to record the album The Razor's Edge. After doing extensive touring, Phil Rudd returned and Slade relinquished his position to the man "who should be there." (thanks, Raymond - Winnipeg, Canada)
Their two biggest albums were released in consecutive years with different lead singers: Bon Scott on Highway To Hell in 1979 and Brian Johnson on Back In Black in 1980. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
They have a street named after them in Melbourne. In 2004, what was Corporation Lane was renamed ACDC Lane. (thanks, joseph - Melbourne, Australia)
Though AC/DC was considered pioneers of Heavy Metal, they didn't consider themselves such, but preferred to be called Rock and Rollers. (thanks, Nighthawk - Marble Falls, AR)
In the rider for their 2008 US tour, the band asked to have 3 oxygen tanks and 3 masks at the venue. We're not sure which 3 needed the O2.