AC/DC- Back In Black(Brian's Voice Change)1980-2010

In this video I show you how the Brian's voice has been changed since AC/DC performs Back In Black.You can notice that his voice his awesome since 1980 until 1982.Since 1983 his voice starts to be weak, but in 1988 his voice starts to be powerfull.However, in 2000 his voice starts to be weak again and in 2008 he couldn't sing in E tuning, so AC/DC has been tuning his guitars in Eb tuning beacuse of Brian's voice.

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Jimmy Tee Rex
The deterioration in his voice from 1983-88 could have been due to the amount of drinking he was doing. Malcolm stated in an interview they were all pretty boozed up during that time. However in 1988, Malcolm got sober and its likely that influenced Brian to cut back as well. The deterioration from 2000 onwards is likely just age-related, he's still doing bloody well for someone in his 60's!
Of course his voice is going to change, it's been 35 years!!!
Austin Flinn
anybody else think that '88 was sped up a little?
Matt van den Ham
If anything this video is a testament to how solid he is as a singer rather than how much its changed
bob bobo
Actually his voice is pretty amazing in all these, hes been at it for 30+ yearws and smokes reds all day lol. I dont know how he does it actually. He is very consistent. I would guess at the end of a long tour his voice is pretty ragged that true of all singer that push it.
jack bons
i hate 1982
1991 voice is better than all the others; almost so good as 1980's playback.
1:52 Ripped pants.
simon simmons
The guy is getting older and as you get older your voice changes.  But often as you get older your ability to ply your craft becomes greater.  So he can't physically sing as good as he used to.  So fucking what.  Elton John had to drop the keys of some of his songs and notice the Stones don't do Emotional Rescue anymore.  Cut the guy some fucking slack.
gear dave
One show doesn't represent the year, you can sing great one night and the other next you can have your vocal folds exhausted, so this is not a reference
Filip Skrzęta
I love 1991 ♥
course his voice changed. it must be damaging do screech like that all the time
Mike Ward
All I can say is the guy fuckin brings it! Every show. From geordie til now, never been more impressed, ever. There's no one like him, especially his range on she's a teaser, let's see someone else pull that off and go 40 years strong! Love you Brian!!!!!!!!
Tracy Street
What people don't consider is these are one off shows over the years, the song may have been later in the set, he could have been sick, the band might play it faster, they might have had a better mix, better monitors, better sound guy, and some versions might be early in the tour and others later... to many variables. Brian Johnson is the last singer of AC/DC, there is no other. What is going on now is like Blues brothers 2000, it should just never be. AC/DC should have just said, let's take a break and support Bryan in all this... instead of trying to fill their pockets more... not like they need it. I lost a lot of respect for Angus... a lot.
I love his voice from 1990 on. In the 1991 Clip (and on TRE, for that matter) he sounded almost like Donald Duck trying to sing.. fantastic!! ;)
coolest man on earth
Actually, listening to this, his voice has survived a hell of a lot better than I realised. More power to you Brian, son.
Home videos
He rocks!!!! !991 sounded awesome. However I think one of his nuts is showing at 2:13
no change from what I can hear...
For someone to sing like that for over 30 years and not mess up his voice would be superhuman. Brian's actually doing pretty well all things considered.
2009 is awesome :)
eddie brandenburg
The guy is one of Rock n Roll greatest singers ever and has been for many years now.His voice is unique and he still hits all them high notes just like he did 20 years ago.Go see Ozzy live and you will see a screen of him singing for the first 30 mins. and then he comes out and sings 6 songs n its unbearable to listen to!!!!
Mike F
There is too much variability to compare year to year, definitely wear and tear over the course of 35 years BUT, some of these clips could have been recorded after a string of 20 shows or more. If each of these clips were the 1st recording of the tour or something then its a fair enough comparison i suppose, cool Vid tho for sure, interesting ! there is a great one of Paul stanley from KISS on youtube somewhere too
Slash Arnold
and 1988 starts to sound like rap or hip hop xDDDDD
Slash Arnold
Wow 1986 was so fast it almost sounded like metal xD
Nikki N
Brian Johnson rules! Jingle Hells Bells!
Scott Young
I always thought that stevie wright would have been the best choice for replacing bon in 1980. Unfortunately Steve wasn't too healthy by the early 80s. I also think axl will do a good job replacing Brian.
1981 was my favorite example. But yeah over 37 years a guys voice is gonna change especially with that kind singing. I think he's done a good job of keeping it together.
August Burns Red
That bulge on Brian at 3:33 hahahaha
Larry Haines
1:56 Brian's Johnson
James Ness
1988 @3:00... holy f.... that's speed man, when he sings "im usin every one of them & runnin wild"....
The Star Wars Craft
1991 is when good sound quality starts
Jim Hankle
That is hard shit to sing and in a high register. It is absolutely incredible He is still singing as well as he is. Any of these recordings could be an off night or a bad mix, but he sounds pretty damn good in all of them to me!!
Ariel Hernan Paiz
La que ponen como de 1981 es una version sacada de un disco live USA 1983 :p
Brenthe Valckenier
Unbelievable what a voice and even after all these years he still has it
His voice was great for the first 2 tours(BIB, FTATR). His voice was still decent at times on the Flick Tour, but not the same. We noticed in 1983 that his voice was deteriorating. He blew it out on the first 2 tours. All the frenzied shrieking, barking and howling took its toll. Plus, his chain smoking and boozing did not help.
Nancy M
ummm think his voice was fine clear up to the day he left the band. Did you ever think that his voice changed because he gave it his all when he sang. I'm sure his voice was pushed to the limits and age does play a factor. Seriously it's stupid to even compare his voice in these different stages of his life. Those guys gave it their all every time they got on the stage. The best band ever. Rest in peace Malcom Young ❤
Darion Raddatz
1984 must have been a good year for the sack
I saw ACDC live in 2008 and the guitars were dropped a half step - figured they'd be doing that for every show from then on so Brian's voice wouldn't get as strained anymore, but I was interested to hear BIB in the original key in the 2008 and 2010 performances. Cool.
On my opnion the voice of Brian has not changed
Freeloader 420
It should be noted that a good/bad recording can drastically alter this compilation. A lot of people, Malcolm young included, thought Brian's best tour was The Razor's Edge tour. He was at his best then.
Did you retune the songs? That screws up everything, dude...
jordan blackwell
they never tuned to Eb cuz i sat and played to this video all the way through and never had to retune my guitar
Kind of hard not to notice his pants in 1984
his voice is on his very best RIGHT NOW! check the video where he sings RNR aint noise pollution. 
Marcio Antonio Rossetto da Cunha
It may not be the best voice ever, but it' unique and i never saw anyone singing like he does. Not even for a night, and he's doing it for the latests 35 years. Amazing!
Ian Johnson
1981 sounds the best
Ian Johnson
Maybe they had somewhere to be after the show lol
The version on backtracks is from '81 and was the For Those About To Rock Tour (Cannon and Bell Tour when it carried over into '82)
acdc jor
La mejor: 1991
Luke Garza
2001 was his best year in my opinion..
The Land of Ktulu
1980, 1984, 1985, 1991, and 2001 sounds great
Nicholas Chorba
I saw them on the Ballbreaker tour in the Meadowlands. Unfortunately, the show was rough because of Brain. Seemed like he had blown out his voice.
@Hologhoul well, you're right, Brian's voice is amazing, I know it, I only uploaded this video to show how his voice has changed over the years,and maybe soon I'll upload the Shoot To Thrill comparison.Thanks for comment this video :)
because in 1988 AC/DC played all his setlist faster for unknown reasons
@Hologhoul I agree with you, Brian is a great singer, and I think that he's the only one that knows how to sing in that way
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early 90s is my favorite, just so gruff and manly, still scares small children when i turn it up in my car
TheRcGuy Expert
Its not the same quality
Dat Mashup Guy
So much speculation in the comment section, yet no one is taking into account the fact that his performance greatly depends on whether he rested or not. Of course, he'll perform better if the show's being recorded for a DVD and if it's a random show he'll underperform. There are other factors, but I think his vocals actually got better in the 90s until age took it's toll.
1991 the best to me!
This is the real reason Brian Johnson had to quit AC/DC. It wasn't hearing loss. The voice doesn't deteriorate with age unless you deteriorate with age. Specifically, he smoked cigarettes. This changes the quality of the voice and shrinks the sacs in the lungs. He literally burned himself out. Even when Brian joined AC/DC in 1980 his voice was already losing power from tobacco smoking. Pavarotti sounded just as good at age 70....he did not smoke! Bizarre to hear people saying that 'age deteriorates the voice'. Huh? No it doesn't morons. It's lifestyle.
Ryan Stroup
1980 was too nasally
John Matthews
This is not a trend in the power of Brian's vocals, its just variations from one gig to another. He may have had a cold and sore throat on the supposed "weak" vocal gigs. Or the onstage sound may have differed monitoring, etc.
Casey Moo
Basically. .fantastic. really. I say this as a singer who has been paid to impersonate Johnson on a knock off "performed in the style of " disk distributed by Target or some chain. Lol
Davide Fenzi
Wher do you find those records?
1996 and 2001 was my Favourite
Well AC/DC does not tune down to Eb for Brian I know this for a fact. They had tuned down on some of the Bon material but never with Brian.
I will have to check the live material but I saw a recent interview with Brian saying he did not ever want to have to sing the songs in a different tuning. I could be wrong though.
The 1980 version is also in the Backtracks set.
in 1988 they played so fast most of the bootleggs are soo fast i wonder why
When You Get They Number
The 1983 picture looked like Bruce Springsteen XD
All the clips from 2008 sound like they are in E rather than E Flat. Are those clips the correct pitch?
m Ac
a partir de 86/88 la voz es cuando le pega el cambio!!!!! pero aun sigue siendo buena. Luego otro pequeño cambio a peor es a partir de 96/98!!!! ojo yo no sigo este video pk engaña algo.
very up and down, but hes definitely still got it! FINALLY get to see them in toronto this year!
I would think much depends on where they're playing (indoors or out), or how good the acoustics are. probably a lot of factors involved.
Thomas Bruun
Neither Angus, Malcolm or Cliff are seen changing guitars/bass during the concert, so either the whole concert has been played tuned down a half note or they have played BiB in E all the years. The Highway To Hell-album is recorded with guitars and bass tuned a half note down, but in a concert the songs are played in regular tunings.
Earl Hickey
Those pants in 84
Gene Simmons Zueiro
The Best
88 was to fast
why 1988 is so fast?
Emilio Aqueveque
WTF with the tempo at 3:03?
Illuminated Skeletons
@narusask21 Nice one, it was a cool idea and nice that you used correct era photographs! Brian's a legend, his voice seems to go through various different stages but for his age he's done amazingly well to keep to the level he has..
Illuminated Skeletons
This isn't really accurate. For example, his voice was mammoth at Rio in 85, then in 86 it was still really good and perhaps better than '83 at certain points on tour. Generally, he's great at start to mid tour, then his vocal chords lose their flex somewhat. Listen to some of the best Black Ice bootlegs and you'll find he was still seriously good. And he hasn't lost range, just the ability to sustain it throughout the tour. Start of tour; he'd still nail Back In Black in standard tuning.
Illuminated Skeletons
On/off he was amazing (check Rio 85?) until some point in 1986 when his voice started to change, though many 86 bootlegs are much like the 84-85. 1988; voice changed, but power still there. 1990, voice changed more, a bit less lung power, but cool. 1996, clearer voice but less power. 2000 onwards, damn good at start of tours but struggling later on. Check out Oakland 2009 - amazing. Funny you chose BIB as somehow he always sings it well. Shoot To Thrill would show up your point better.
David Heaton
Brians voice is a studio creation.. He has always been garbage live.. Now Bon , he is great live and obviously in studio !!
nahuel russso
Erik Klinke
2003 was insane
Andrew White
1985-6 his voice must hurt
Andrew White
everyone says 1991 because thats all they know...sad
Garrick Sissons
The male voice can continue to develop up to (and generally peaks at) about age 35 and you might get 5 to 10 years at peak ability. (Brian was probably around 32 years old when the Back In Black album was recorded) Once a male singer is 40 to 45 years old his voice will generally start to weaken gradually as the years go by. Some guys can keep it fairly strong longer than others by taking really good care of themselves but singing in that style is very hard on the vocal chords for even the toughest singers like him. This is only natural.
Sam Roy
Of course 1980-81 are the best, but his voice sounds better in 2007 than 2001 but has pretty much been the same since 1988. What a vocal athlete! He can't be expected to keep that up forever.
Grizzly Steele
The mans a fuckin legend and one of rocks true gents, missing him loads
Giovanni Pandini
They are ALL great. dont forget 80's concert filming wasn't as good quality wise as 2010 or now
Northern Roadies
All sound good. If someone jumbled up the order of the audio and challenged you to guess the year based on the vocals alone, I'd be totally guessing more or less every one.
Elijah Tarter
1992 he sounded great hell he still does
Alex Capo
1991 my favorite
Tiago Severino
This video is so stupid... You listen in different environments... with different types of qualities!