Angus Young Shares The Story Of How He Decided The Name Of AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ Album

AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young revealed how the band came up with the name of their most recent album, ‘PWR/UP’ during a recent interview with 96.3 Red, and apparently, the band members drew inspiration from the band itself.

As you know, AC/DC released its seventeenth studio album, ‘Power Up,’ also known as ‘PWR/UP,’ consists of 12 tracks on November 13, 2020. The album holds a special place since it marks the return of vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd, and bassist Cliff Williams in addition to being the first album without late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

‘PWR/UP’ received positive views both from music critics and AC/DC fans and reached number one in 21 countries including Australia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In addition to this, the album also took place in ‘The 50 Albums of 2020’ by the Rollin Stone, proving the success of the AC/DC.

During a recent interview, Angus Young opened up about the title of the album since it took a great amount of attention by their fans and revealed that while they were considering names, he was inspired by a line in their first song ‘Realize’ which states ‘You’ve got the power to mesmerize.’

In addition to the track, Angus revealed that the title, ‘Power Up’ represents the band’s strength to create all of those powerful songs once they step into the studio. The title basically stands as the other name of AC/DC, according to Angus.

Here is what Young said:

“For ‘PWR/UP,’ I was thinking of names and going through the lists, and then I thought – in the first song, ‘Realize,’ the song Mal really loved, there are a few lines in there like, ‘You’ve got the power to mesmerize,’ and those phrases about power are what AC/DC was all about from the beginning.

AC/DC is electrical power, and as a band, that’s what we always did. You would walk into the studio, plug in your guitar, crank up your amp, and you got all that power to put out powerful sounds. The name ‘PWR/UP’ is basically another term for the band AC/DC – that’s what they do, they power up!”

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