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When Bon Scott passed away in 1980, the future of AC/DC looked incredibly bleak. Fans didn’t know how the band would continue on without that iconic voice fronting the band. But luckily, Brian Johnson came along and was able to capture the magic that Bon left behind.
Although Brian is wonderful, it’s always great to go back and look at the legacy that Bon left behind. We’ve dug up Bon Scott’s isolated vocal track on “Highway to Hell,” and it’s even better than you can imagine. Bon’s vocals on this track are so gritty, and fit the vibe of AC/DC absolutley perfectly. There truly was no other singer like him!
Fun Fact:The title is often attributed as a phrase AC/DC guitarist Angus Young used to describe touring in America. There is a much more literal explanation, however. “Highway to Hell” was the nickname for the Canning Highway in Australia. It runs from where lead singer Bon Scott lived in Fremantle and ends at a pub/bar called The Raffles, which was a big rock ‘n roll drinking hole in the ’70s. As Canning Highway gets close to the pub, it dips down into a steep decline. So many people where killed by driving fast over that intersection at the top of the hill on the way for a good night out, that it was called the highway to hell, so when Bon was saying “I’m on the highway to hell” it meant that he was doing the nightly or weekly pilgrimage down Canning Highway to The Raffles bar to rock and drink with his mates.
Check out the amazing vocal track down below, and let us know what you think!