Even you don’t like Billy Idol or don’t think Rebel Yell is a particularly compelling tune, if you’re into rock music, how can you not dig the above unplugged version?
The clip was captured during Idol’s performance on the VH1 Storytellers series in April 2001. Regardless of whether you play guitar or not, it’s not difficult to figure out that Idol’s longtime ace guitarist Steve Stevens is absolutely killing it with just an acoustic guitar. Frankly, it doesn’t feel like anything is missing – no drums, no bass and no keyboards needed, not mention a second guitar!
Co-written by Idol and Stevens, Rebel Yell is the title track of Idol’s November 1983 studio album, his second. The song also appeared separately as the record’s lead single in October that year. Upon its initial release, it was only moderately successful, reaching no. 62 on the UK Singles Chart, while peaking at no. 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. However, a 1985 re-issue made it all the way to no. 6 on the UK chart.
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