This Is One Refreshing Version!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here we have Brian Johnson and Angus Young performing a stripped-down version of their 1980 classic hit and it’s so much better than what we hear on the radio today. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate Brian’s vocals?
Let’s face it, few vocalists manage to sound the same (or a whole lot better) live than their recording but wow, Brian just hit this one out of the ballpark!
“It was the first song I wrote with the guys, and it has a special groovy beat that won’t let you go. It has such a special place in my heart, and I still love to sing it onstage. To me, it might be one of the best rock songs ever written – if I do say so myself.” – Brian Johnson
This is exactly what genuine talent sounds like – they come into the studio and play it like’s no big deal. Not everyone can sound this good live and props to these guys for showing why no auto-tune crap can ever be on the same league as pure and raw rock ‘n roll.
“The boys had a title. Malcolm and Angus [Young] said, ‘Listen, we’ve got this song. It’s called ‘Shook Me All Night Long.’ That’s what we want the song to be called.’ And if you listen to the chords, [the chorus] just fell into place so I can’t claim any credit on that thing. It was as quick as it had to be, which was that night. I guess I had to try and impress somebody,” he continued. “It was just a thing that came at the time, and I still think it’s one of the greatest rock and roll riffs I’ve ever heard in my life.” – Brian Johnson
This song snagged a spot on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” and “Top Ten AC/DC Songs.” It also ranked at no. 80 on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos.”
They didn’t seem ready to perform this but they still absolutely killed it!