Happy Birthday Angus Young: AC/DC Live Solos 1975 – 1981
Founding member of AC/DC, guitarist Angus Young celebrates his 61st birthday today. The Australian-raised six-string shredder’s style – including his iconic Ashfield Boys High School uniform – and ferocious on stage demeanor helped propel the influential hard rock band to become one of most well-known on the planet. For Throwback Thursday, and to honor the birthday boy, below is a fan-made compilation of his live solos paired with concert footage from 1979.
Recent changes to AC/DC’s lineup including the retirement of his brother Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd’s replacement and the recent (perhaps) permanent sidelining of Brian Johnson that forced the cancellation of several concerts have left the future of the band in limbo, with rumors circulating of Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose coming on board to take Johnson’s place.
Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the legendary band, their storied history remains integral in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, and for that we salute Angus with a look back at a fan-made collection of guitar solos recorded between 1975 and 1981. Included in the compilation video are live audio excerpts of “Rocker,” “Shoot To Thrill,” “It’s A Long Way To The Top,” “TNT,” “Soul Stripper,” “High Voltage” and “Let There Be Rock” paired with video footage of the 1979 concert film Let There Be Rock, check it out here: