The song begins with the slow tolling of a bell followed by an intro played by Angus Young, with Malcolm Young then joining to create the classic Back in Black double-guitar sound, followed by Phil Rudd on drums and Cliff Williams on bass, creating a wall of sound.
The bell used by the band was a 2000 pound cast bronze bell made by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough. The bell used in the song is pitched to the note 'A.' The song also appears on Who Made Who, AC/DC's 1986 soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, and on both versions of 1992's AC/DC Live.
Personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
- Brian Johnson – lead vocals
- Angus Young – lead guitar
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Phil Rudd – drums
Chart positions[edit source | edit]Edit
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||25|
|U.S. BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks||50|
In popular culture[edit source | edit]Edit
The song was used as the entrance music for former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Trevor Hoffman at home games from 1998–2010, thrilling the crowd as he emerged. The San Diego Padres' usage of "Hells Bells" for Hoffman was a forerunner in the heavy metal theme songs for closers used throughout MLB stadiums. San Jose Mercury News and ESPN.comwrote that the song should be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. At Hoffman's number retirement ceremony, Brian Johnson paid tribute in a video to Hoffman for "rocking the mound".