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Thunderstruck
AC/DC
ACDC Live
Live
RaitingSR
Supervision Recommended
Information
Released 1992
Genre Classic Rock
Language English
Source AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack
Available November 2, 2008
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Difficulty
Band 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Basic Pro
Guitar 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce
Bass 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Drums 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce
Keys 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce
Vocals 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Details
Male singer
Guitar Solo
Drum Solo
3-part Harmonies



"Thunderstruck" is the first song on the 1990 AC/DC album The Razors Edge which peaked at number #5 on U.S. Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was released as a single in Germany, Australia and Japan. The song is said to be inspired by lead guitarist Angus Young's hair-raising experience when a plane he was on was struck by lightning. However, Angus Young was later to say that it "started off from a little trick I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said 'Oh, I've got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.' We built the song up from that... It was really just a case of finding a good title. We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC=Power. That's the basic idea."[citation needed]

Contrary to popular belief, Young does not play Thunderstruck's main riff with one hand. Instead, he picks every fretted note and pulls off the open notes. Additionally in all AC/DC live videos, Angus can clearly be viewed picking every fretted note. The one-handed tapping technique can only be seen in the "Thunderstruck" music video.

The video which accompanied the single was filmed at London's Brixton Academy on 17 August, 1990. The audience members were given free T-Shirts with the words 'AC/DC - I was Thunderstruck' on the front and the date on the back, and these T-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the video.

The music video of Thunderstruck on YouTube, as of December 2009, has over 28 million views.

With the exception of new material from an album they are touring behind, this is the only song released after 1981 that the band still regularly performs live in concert.

External links Edit

VideoEdit

AWG (AC DC) - AC DC - Thunderstruck (Live) Full Band05:33

AWG (AC DC) - AC DC - Thunderstruck (Live) Full Band

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