For Those About to Rock We Salute You

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This article is about the album by AC/DC. For the title track, see For Those About to Rock (We Salute You). For the concert video, see For Those About to Rock (film).
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 23 November 1981
Recorded May-September 1981 ; in the suburb of Paris
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 40:10
Label Albert/Atlantic Records
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange
AC/DC chronology
Back in Black
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Flick of the Switch
Singles from For Those About to Rock We Salute You
  1. "Let's Get It Up"
    Released: December 1981
  2. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"
    Released: 22 March 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Blender 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau C [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]

For Those About to Rock We Salute You is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's seventh internationally released studio album and the eighth to be released in Australia.

Released in 1981, the album is a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over four million copies in the US. It would be AC/DC's first and only No. 1 album in the U.S. until the release of Black Ice in October 2008. In their original 1981 review, Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their best album. In Australia, the album peaked at No. 3 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[5]

The album, recorded in Paris, France, was the third and final produced for the band by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

The name of the album was inspired by a book Angus Young read, entitled For Those About to Die, We Salute You, about Roman gladiators. The gladiators' final words to the emperor were "Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant" – or, "Hail Emperor, those who are about to die salute you". The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC remasters series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson

No. Title Length
1. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"   5:44
2. "Put the Finger on You"   3:25
3. "Let's Get It Up"   3:54
4. "Inject the Venom"   3:30
5. "Snowballed"   3:23
6. "Evil Walks"   4:23
7. "C.O.D."   3:19
8. "Breaking the Rules"   4:23
9. "Night of the Long Knives"   3:25
10. "Spellbound"   4:30

According to the official AC/DC website, the second track is "Put the Finger on You".[6] On some versions of the album the title is shown as "I Put the Finger on You".[1]


The album was recorded in a rehearsal space on the outskirts of Paris. The band had earlier attempted to rehearse and record the album at an abandoned factory in France, but found it difficult to come up with their desired sound.

In Spain, early copies of the album featured a sleeve with the colours reversed, i.e. a gold cannon on a black background.


The album's sales were lower than the sales of Back in Black. Nevertheless, the album became the first AC/DC album to ever hit No. 1 in the US on the Billboard chart and stayed on the top for three weeks. To date, in the US, it has achieved four million sales. In the UK, the album's two singles, "Let's Get It Up" and "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)", made it to No. 13 and No. 15, respectively. The album has sold an estimated seven million copies worldwide, making it one of the highest sold AC/DC albums worldwide.[citation needed]

This is the only AC/DC studio album for which the group filmed no promotional videos. Live performances of the first 3 tracks (as well as other tracks from other AC/DC albums) on the album were filmed at the band's Maryland shows on the 20th and 21st of December 1981 were used as promotional material and seen on many music channels around this period as well as some today. The live version of "Back In Black" and "T.N.T" from this show were released as B sides to "Let's Get It Up" and the live version of "Let There Be Rock" was the B side to "For Those About To Rock". All 3 previously B-side only releases were issued as part of AC/DC's "Backtracks" box set in late 2009 and on iTunes on November 19th 2012.


After the album's release, the band embarked on its first arena tour of North America, in late 1981 through early 1982. For the title track, large cannons were placed on stage, set to go off in accordance with the song on the album. During the tour, 100,000 watts of power were used for the front of house sound. The cannons were flown above the speaker arrays.

The title track's popularity was such that in almost every live concert AC/DC has done thereafter, the song is performed as an encore and is always accompanied by firing cannons on stage.

Subsequent tours had to deal with crossing international borders with big cannons used as a prop, creating strange situations with customs officials.


It was re-released in 1987 on CD format.[7] In 1994 it was reissued after being digitally remastered from the original master tapes.[8]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • In the movie School of Rock, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) says to the class: "In the words of AC/DC: We roll tonight ... to the guitar bite ... and for those about to rock ... I salute you".[9]
  • The album was referenced by Beastie Boys on their 1989 single "Shadrach".
  • The concert video For Those About to Rock, about the first open-air rock concert in Moscow in 1991, was named after the album and title track, and featured live performances by AC/DC and other rock bands, including the title track.
  • Parry Gripp's first LP For Those About to Shop, We Salute You is a reference to the album.
  • In the video game The Last of Us, there is an album in the record store with an album by fictional band "BRASSARD/BOYS" stylized the way AC/DC is written. The cover features a cannon on the front.


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b For Those About to Rock We Salute You at AllMusic
  2. ^[dead link]
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: Album: AC/DC: For Those About to Rock We Salute You". Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Loder, Kurt (21 January 1982). "For Those About To Rock We Salute You". Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  6. ^ "For Those About to Rock at the AC/DC official website". 
  7. ^ AC/DC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You (CD, Album) at Discogs
  8. ^ AC/DC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You (CD, Album) at Discogs
  9. ^ The School of Rock (2003) – Memorable quotes
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  11. ^ "Austrian album certifications – AC/DC – For Those About to Rock We Salute You" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter AC/DC in the field Interpret. Enter For Those About to Rock We Salute You in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  12. ^ "French album certifications – AC/DC – For Those About to Rock We Salute You" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select AC/DC and click OK
  13. ^ "Les Albums Platine :" (in French). Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (AC/DC; 'For Those About to Rock We Salute You')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (AC/DC; 'For Those About to Rock We Salute You')". Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – AC/DC – For Those About to Rock We Salute You". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter For Those About to Rock We Salute You in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  17. ^ "American album certifications – AC/DC – For Those About to Rock We Salute You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
4 by Foreigner
Billboard 200 number-one album
26 December 1981 – 15 January 1982
Succeeded by
4 by Foreigner