The Musician Who Inspired Angus Young For AC/DC’s Live Shows
There are numerous reasons why AC/DC legend Angus Young is named among the greatest guitar players of all time by music critics and fans. The musician is primarily known for his energetic performances and his schoolboy-uniform stage outfits, both of which turned him into a rock and roll icon over the years.
If there’s another thing Angus Young is famed for, it’s his duckwalk, often accompanied by thousands of fans cheering the guitarist. Speaking of fans, Young is also one of the musicians who interact with the audience on stage with his guitar, which makes live shows even better for the fans.
Surprisingly enough, both his duckwalk and communication with the audience were inspired by the same musician, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who pioneered rock and roll. Let’s travel back in time to see how Angus Young explained being inspired by Chuck Berry to speak to his fans through his guitar.
Angus Young Was Influenced By Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry is one of the major influences on Angus Young, from whom he drew inspiration for the famous duckwalk. The musician had previously revealed that Chuck Berry’s performance style has highly influenced him, and AC/DC covered the ‘Father of Rock and Roll’ songs in their early years.
Apparently, Chuck Berry’s duckwalk and his performance style aren’t the only things Angus Young was inspired by, as revealed during an interview. According to the AC/DC guitarist, Berry’s banter with audiences while singing gave him an idea for his own live performances.
After seeing that Berry shared such moments with the crowd during his shows, Young thought he could do the same thing with his guitar. As a result, he started communicating and including the crowd in his guitar playing during AC/DC concerts which has been one of the most loved aspects of their shows.
About Chuck Berry, Young said:
“We’re lucky in the form that we got little breaks and stuff that you can play. It’s just years of playing that you’ve built up things between you and the audience. I suppose it’s from the early days, just picking up things. When I watched Chuck Berry, especially if he were singing, he always had little rats that he had gone with an audience.
He would go, ‘Hey,’ and they would go, ‘Hey.’ He had all of that. He would just go like this, and the audience would respond. So I would try and do the same thing. I thought Chuck can do it with vocals, I can do it with the guitar.“
You can watch the interview and Chuck Berry and Angus Young doing the ‘duckwalk’ below.