For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (5:43)

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“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” is a song by the Australian Hard rock band AC/DC. The song was released onto AC/DC’s 8th studio album For Those About to Rock We Salute You in 1981. The cannons fired in the song are mixed with exploding fireworks. The video to this song was filmed live in Landover, Maryland in 1981. The song would later be released on AC/DC’s first soundtrack album, Who Made Who, released five years later for the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive.

The single’s b-side contains an edited live version of “Let There Be Rock” from the Landover, MD show in 1981. The maxi-single contains the extended version of the same song.

The title and central lyric of the song are based on an ancient salute used by Roman gladiators, “Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant” (“Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you.”). However, Angus Young later said that the inspiration for the cannons came from a very different source. The band was cutting the first recordings of the song on the same day as Princess Diana of Great Britain’s televised wedding. Angus recalled that “someone had the wedding on in the next room… we were playing that part of the song when the cannons were going off and we paused a second and went ‘hmmm… that actually sounds pretty good.’” This coincidence also led to a cannon being featured on the cover of the album and single, as well as life-sized Napoleonic cannons becoming a regular stage prop at AC/DC concerts.

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  • diegodasnovinha

    Rock n'roll is dead? I dont think so... \\,,/.Ò.Ó.\\,,/

    4 Apr 9:48pm Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    YES WE DO!! AC/DC♥♥

    24 Mar 8:01pm Reply
  • yan_g

    goosebumps from AC/DC :)

    18 Mar 7:25pm Reply
  • Wesley-VA

    07

    2 Feb 3:54pm Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    For Those About to Rock, WE SALUTE YOU!

    27 Jan 11:41pm Reply
  • Gellies

    \\m/ We Salute You! \\m/

    27 Jan 7:07pm Reply
  • Joshy1kz

    <3 this song beyond belief !!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    I fucking love this

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • valeryw1

    we trust!

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hoermi21

    Anthem!!!

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    KICKASS!

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HarleyDude-EJB

    Saw this concert long ago, Rock n Roll

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DanStu1990

    \m/ \m/

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Taiteki

    Ahh, I got the good shit. \m/ (>_<) \m/ To those who are getting some DJ version, the real thing is floating in the mix somewhere. It's a sort of Rock 'n' Roll Roulette. To the luck ones, We Salute You!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pyroloveridge

    Still getting the American DJ sports talk and this has been going on too long, please fix

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Mynister

    Still getting the stupid DJ sports talk and this has been going on wayyyyyyyy too long,please fix [2]

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    Still getting the stupid DJ sports talk and this has been going on wayyyyyyyy too long,please fix

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • pjb808

    Fucking awesome - Nuff said

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Greg69Sheryl

    Hmm, we're getting a sports radio talk show discussing the NFL draft. The producer for this talk show used this AC/DC song as "bumper" music coming out of a commercial, and somehow the sound check from this segment was uploaded into the Last.fm library. How did that happen? Based on the comments, this issue has been around for more than a year. Please remove this file!

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • brettlayton

    Goddammit, there are multiple versions. Stupid DJ's are back.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
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