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This stripped-down live take of “You Shook Me All Night Long” is a must-see

October 15th, 2020

In 1980, Bon Scott, the late lead singer of the famous Australian hard rock band AC/DC, lost his life due to alcohol poisoning.

The band was left without a tremendous singer and an excellent lyricist. The popular Young brothers, who formed the band, didn’t expect to hit such a jackpot when they met Brian Johnson.

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“You Shook Me All Night Long” was AC/DC’s first single without Scott, and it became a staple track on radio stations and in live concerts.

Here we have a video of Brian and Angus performing it live on The Howard Stern Show.

“Back in Black” and “Hells Bells” were dedicated to Bon Scott.

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It must have been hard to fill in Scott’s shoes.

AC/DC recorded eight albums with Bon on board, and they were already Aussie legends when Brian Johnson came along. The commercial breakthrough of AC/DC happened in 1979, with the Highway to Hell album. Unfortunately, Bon Scott passed away a year later. AC/DC considered disbanding, but they preferred to stick together and try working on some new material.

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It was in July 1980, that the band decided it’s time to release Back in Black, an album that would be the bestselling album of all time if Michael Jackson’s Thriller didn’t exist. Imagine that.

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The thing that made them stand out the most is the fact that AC/DC was so energetic during their live show.

It was obvious that they were having such a good time, and it was also contagious. The joy spread through the audience like a fire!

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They came on the show sporting some snug schoolboy uniforms with some unbelievably raucous riffs and provocative lyrics.

The band’s been around for over five decades, and from the middle of the song, Howard Stern also jumps in.

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This might be the first time that you’ll see Angus Young sitting down while playing the guitar.

Brian Johnson is by his side, and the two of them were guests on a 1997 episode of the Howard Stern Show. It’s a much simpler version of “You Shook Me All Night Long” that they’re playing with just guitar and Brian’s amazing vocals. There are no drums and no bass.

Of course, it wouldn’t have been the same if Howard didn’t jump in to save the day—kidding, of course.

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Despite being nervous at the beginning, Johnson sounded incredibly good here.

Angus and he have easily put on a show on their own, and Stern was simply dragged in by the incredible rhythm.

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In the end, Angus delivers a phenomenal guitar solo, and we enjoy the way his bandmate looked at him with so much admiration and respect.

Brian’s genuine “Well done, Ang” is the definition of appreciation and support.

AC/DC’s lead guitarist is famous for his right foot forward, chicken kicking, open-mouthed shuffle when he plays.

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You won’t see any of that on a radio show!

Angus is sitting still, but you can see it in his smile that he would gladly bring the house down. The man feels the music, and his guitar has the recognizable humming buzz that made the band sound recognizable.

The inspiration for the lyrics came from the cars, and the song went on to being one of the most covered songs in popular music history.

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Being a huge car buff, Brian took a lot of inspiration from cars when writing the songs.

He’s even famous for saying that “cars and women are very much alike, they go fast, let you down, but make you happy when a new model comes out.” However, many female artists covered the song, including Celine Dion, and Shania Twain. We love the radio version, and it should become a regular activity for most performers.

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