Here we are just like the good old days, enjoying life and livin’ it up…so let’s get this party started!
The world was first made aware of this song in 1977, though the band had been around since 1973. Thank god it made it to an album because it’s said that the band has never played it live but only one time…..one time in a 45 year history, let that sink in for a moment. So yeah The Audio Museum is going to bless your ears with it today! Sadly to say it’s all but banned from the internet, I’m not sure why or what’s going on with it but there are no recordings or videos that I can find, not on Youtube, Souncloud or anywhere. At one point it was on Youtube but has since been removed due to copyright issues. So now there are only covers of this song that we find done by other artists, some good some terrible. There’s only one live version that we know of that has ever been played/recorded and sadly it was after the original lead singer who wrote it died, so as far as we know Bon Scott never got the chance to play the bluesiest song ever recorded by AC/DC “RIDE ON”!
“Ride On” is a song and single by Australian hard rock band AC/DC originally released on the album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and later re-released on the album Who Made Who. In both versions, the song is sung by Bon Scott. Atypically for an AC/DC song, it has a sad, slow blues, almost ballad-like feel to it. The lyrics concern a man reflecting on mistakes he has made in a relationship while drinking alcohol. It has frequently been cited as one of AC/DC’s best songs.
“Ride On” was covered by the French band Trust on their self-titled 1979 debut album, after supporting AC/DC in Paris in the fall of 1978. Bon Scott jammed the song with Trust at Scorpio Sound Studios in London on February 13, 1980, six days before his death. A recording of it would later surface on the Bon Scott Forever Volume 1 bootleg.
AC/DC has played the song live only once, on June 22, 2001, at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis (near Paris), during the Stiff Upper Lip Tour. At the end of that show, the band unexpectedly came back after their traditional two-songs encore, dressed as soccer players (with the blue color of the French soccer team), and played this song as a tribute to John Lee Hooker, who had died the day before, although it wasn’t explicitly mentioned as such (earlier that evening, Brian Johnson had held a banner with the bluesman’s name, probably given by someone in the public).