Can you believe it has been 35 years since the release of the AC/DC classic, ‘Highway to Hell?’ That album put the band’s career on the fast track. Released on August 3, 1979, ‘Highway to Hell’ would become AC/DC’s first American million-seller.
With songs like ‘Touch Too Much,’ ‘Girls Got Rhythm,’ ‘Shot Down in Flames‘ and the instant-classic title track, it was an album that needed to be heard with the volume cranked up to 11. ‘Walk All Over You,’ ‘Beating Around the Bush’ and ‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It),’ ‘Love Hungry Man’ and ‘Night Prowler’ all but ensured success for ‘Highway to Hell.’
The rave reviews, non-stop touring, and word-of-mouth helped propel the band into the rock & roll consciousness. The band had proven that they were ready for their moment in the global spotlight. After years of hard work, AC/DC appeared to be an unstoppable force. Then, tragically, everything changed. The voice, Bon Scott would die in the early months of 1980. Many thought that the band was done, over, kaput! But those naysayers were wrong. Just like the Phoenix, they somehow dealt with great loss and emerged with another rock classic ‘Back in Black’ that very same year.
So, here’s to the band, and their album ‘Highway to Hell,’ celebrating 35 years in 2014. Revisit Bon Scott’s best below. Now, where is my copy of the album? I need to hear it on vinyl. Just because.