This year, AC/DC have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal record Back In Black. An album that spawned some of the most iconic singles in Australia’s music DNA from, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and ‘Hells Bells’ to ‘Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.’
To commemorate the legacy of one of the most influential album of all time, the band have been digging through the archives, unleashing old material for Acca Dacca devotees enjoyment.
In the latest instalment, the band have unveiled a vintage live video for ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ from a performance at Tokyo’s Nippon Seinenkan in February 1981. It marks one of the first times Brian Johnson donned his signature newsboy hat.
Check out AC/DC performing ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ live in Tokyo, 1981:
Earlier this month, the band released another performance of ‘What Do You Do For Money Honey’, taken from a Japanese television performance back in in 1981, that initially aired during the band’s Back in Black tour.
The band have intermittently been unleashing footage that offers fans a rare insight into the making of Back In Black. Yesterday, the band unleashed a mini-documentary focusing on the production of album favourite ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’. The footage features Angus Young delving into the tracks meaty riffs, whilst Brian Johnson explains the lyrics.
“I’d written the words and I went in to sing it,” he says. “The boys weren’t in, and I was singing, ‘She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean, she was the best damn woman that I ever seen.’ And Mutt [Lange, producer] said, ‘Brian, there’s too many words in it.’”
In other news, AC/DC recently unveiled a series of four jigsaw puzzles immortalising some of their most beloved albums. As another lockdown looms closer, there’s no better way to shake the shackles of boredom than by piecing together tiny bits of cardboard in the hopes of recreating the iconic artwork from High Voltage and Blow Up Your Video to For Those About To Rock and Ballbreaker.
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The band has also dropped a bunch of fresh merchandise in celebration of Back In Black. You’ll be able to cop t-shirts, a hoodie, a dad cap, a blanket, a pint glass, a frisbee, and other gorgeous capitalist rock memorabilia from their webstore.