Brazilian rockers A.C.C. were just another hard-working band with a decent gimmick before an incident in September of 2002 gave them worldwide notoriety. Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the band (whose name is a Portuguese acronym for "Beyond the Grey Sky") offered a strange mix of political commentary and fantasy with their fake post-apocalyptic origin and bizarre stage uniforms. Despite such a strong image, they seemed to feel they were not getting the mainstream recognition they deserved, and vocalist Marcus Vinicius dos Santos decided to do something about it. Storming into a radio station with a copy of their record and a loaded gun, dos Santos held up a DJ for almost 70 minutes while As Fases da Vida played over the air. The police surrounded the studio and forced dos Santos to surrender, but in a bizarre twist the publicity-savvy DJ told listeners where they could buy the album after the incident was over. As expected, the album's sales notably improved after dos Santos' outburst.
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