AC/DC Shares Archival ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ Video from the 1981 ‘Back in Black’ Tour; LP’s 40th Anniversary Coming 7/25


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40 years ago this week, AC/DC dropped Back in Black — the Australian band‘s first with new singer Brian Johnson and seventh overall.

You know the record, as it’s an all-time classic from a legendary group of rock and roll rabblerousers that would go on to sell 50 million copies worldwide and establish the band as an all-time favorite of fans the world over. With the album’s 40th anniversary coming up on July 25, AC/DC is sharing some archival videos from around the era.

Below, watch a newly shared video from AC/DC, a slamming rendition of “You Shook Me All Night Long” from Japan’s Nihon Seinenkan in 1981:

And here’s a performance of “What Do You Do for Money Honey”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x81Wo23047k

The AC/DC YouTube channel also has some making-of videos pertaining to Back in Black and its classic tracks. Here’s one regarding “Shook Me All Night Long”:

And the story of “Hells Bells”:

The Back in Black celebration is also going on at AC/DC’s various social media pages, with posts such as this:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CC3xtR3AjMp/

And, of course, special 40th anniversary merchandise:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCyoDtVH6t3/

The legacy of AC/DC is unrivaled, their influence spanning rockers for generations. In 2014, Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine told us about his lifelong love of the group and what made their brand of rock and roll so powerful:

I really liked the way it was simple, rock music with a solid rhythm structure. Incredibly, my favorite part about AC/DC isn’t Angus Young’s solos as much as it is Malcom’s rhythm playing.

I used to say this for a long time…and granted, there are so many more great new rhythm guitar players, but at the time I used to say the three best rhythm guitar players in the world were myself, James Hetfield and Malcolm Young. Because you really have to hold the fort down, being an anchor for the rest of the band.

Some bands rely on the bass and drums, and others let the lead guitar carry the weight of the songs and stuff, and then there was the liberation I felt when I listened to AC/DC’s first record, Let There Be Rock. Everybody has those ‘come to Jesus’ moments with the song or band that they’re listening to, and that was just a period in my life that when the needle hit the record, and the album started with Overdose…I was like “Wow…these guys are amazing.”



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