“We didn’t expect to be playing gay pride festivals, but drag queens and DJs took to us… a great song is great, no matter who plays it”: How GayC/DC took AC/DC classics and “turned up the volume on the sex and aggression”

Steve McKnight of GayC/DC
(Image credit: Tin Janssens)

Save for a massive appearance at Power Trip Festival in October 2023, Aussie legends AC/DC have been mostly dormant since they came off the road in 2016. But one of the world’s leading tribute bands, GayC/DC, are picking up the slack.

Of course, the cover group’s motivation is different from the original, as guitarist Steve McKnight tells Guitar World. “About 10 years ago we were throwing ideas around and we said, ‘How can we take some of our favorite bands, flip them on their ear and make them as gay as possible?’

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.