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Brian Johnson, AC/DC 2010 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Brian Johnson, AC/DC 2010 - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Brian Johnson Sang Same Lyrics To Two Songs At His First AC/DC concert

by Paul Cashmere on April 18, 2015

in Live,News

Brian Johnson was so nervous when he played his first show with AC/DC that he sang the same lyrics to two songs in a row.

Johnson’s first performance with AC/DC was in Belgium on June 29, 1980, just six months after Bon Scott played his last show with the band in the UK in January.

“The first thing I did, we did two songs, ‘Bad Boy Boogie’ and the other one,” Johnson said in an interview. “I sang the same lyrics to both songs. I was so nervous, I sang the first song and then I sang the second one with the same words. I couldn’t hear anything. I could see the audience going ‘he must be Avant guard. He is singing anything he wants”. I finished it and thought ‘oh God what have I done?’. Malcolm looked at me and went “what the fuck was that?”.

Brian’s concert debut with AC/DC was one month before the ‘Back In Black’ album was released. “It was the first time we sang Back In Black, because all the songs were finished then,” he said. “We finished and there was silence. Half of them hadn’t heard it yet. I thought ‘oh shit they don’t like it’. It was the first night. It was a very traumatic night.”

That first night in Belgium was also the first time ever ‘Hell’s Bells’, ‘What Do You Do For Money Honey’, ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, ‘Shoot To Thrill’, ‘Shake A Leg’ and Given The Dog A Bone’ were performed live.

Brian Johnson talks about his first AC/DC gig

AC/DC did not play ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ at the first Brian show. It debuted live in the Netherlands on July 3, 1980.

Brian Johnson has never performed ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’. The song was last performed by Bon Scott with AC/DC at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK on December 17, 1979. Ironically, to hear ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ live at a major concert in Australia these days you have to go to a John Farnham concert.

PHOTO GALLERY: AC/DC in Melbourne by Ros O’Gorman

Here is both the first ever Brian Johnson AC/DC setlist and the last ever Bon Scott AC/DC setlist back to back.

First AC/DC with Brian Johnson June 29, 1980, Namur, Belgium

Hells Bells (from Back In Black, 1980)
Shot Down In Flames (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
Problem Child (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1976)
Back In Black (from Back In Black, 1980)
Bad Boy Boogie (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
Highway To Hell (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
What Do You Do For Money Honey (from Back In Black, 1980)
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (from Back In Black, 1980)
Shoot To Thrill (from Back In Black, 1980)
Given The Dog A Bone (from Back In Black, 1980)
Whole Lotta Rosie (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
Rocker (from TNT, 1975)

Shake A Leg (from Back In Black, 1980)
Let There Be Rock (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)

Last AC/DC show with Bon Scott January 27, 1980, Southampton, UK

Live Wire (from TNT, 1975)
Shot Down In Flames (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
Sin City (from Powerage, 1978)
Walk All Over You (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
Bad Boy Boogie (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
The Jack (from TNT, 1975)
Highway To Hell (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
Problem Child (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1976)
Girls Got Rhythm (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
High Voltage (from TNT, 1975)
Whole Lotta Rose (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
Rocker (from TNT, 1975)
TNT (from TNT, 1975)
Let There Be Rock (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)

AC/DC will tour Australia in November.
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