Where are AC/DC from?

AC/DC has been around for decades and are still as loved now as when they first got together - but where are they from?

PUBLISHED: 14:22, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:22, Fri, Sep 4, 2020

AC/DC is a band whose line-up has changed a great deal over the years. However, it came together with two brothers who started a music revolution which has continued despite the members. But where is the band technically from, and how did it start up?


AC/DC is not an easy band to determine its origins, as different members have all come from different places.

In terms of how the band came about, Malcolm and Angus Young were the brains behind AC/DC and came up with its name as well.

The pair moved from Glasgow, Scotland to Australia in 1963, therefore it could be said that AC/DC’s origins are Anglo-Australian.

The brother became interested in starting a band after seeing their older brothers, Alex and George form bands.

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AC/DC - where are they from?AC/DC - where are they from? (Image: Getty)

AC/DC in their early daysAC/DC in their early days (Image: Getty)

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Alex formed London-based band Grapefruit in 1967, while George became a member of Australian band Easybeats, which got young Malcolm interested in music.

Malcolm joined New South Wales band Velvet Underground, though this is not the famous New York-based band, but eventually came up with a band name with Angus.

The brothers formed the band, with their new names which was inspired by their sister’s sewing machine.

They had bassist Larry Van Kriedt, who was American-born but form Australia, vocalist Dave Evans, who is Australian, and drummer Colin Burgess, who is also Australian, in November 1973, who they likely met on the Australian band circuit.

At this point, it would be fair to say the band hails from Australia, as all of its original members came from there also.

AC/DC together performing on stageAC/DC together performing on stage (Image: Getty)

Angus quickly began performing in a school uniform-style outfit, which was reportedly an idea

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