Clips & Pix: Billy Idol/Rebel Yell (Unplugged)

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.

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube


3 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Billy Idol/Rebel Yell (Unplugged)”

    1. Na klar, das Original ist natürlich auch nicht verkehrt!

      Was ich an dieser Unplugged-Version einfach Klasse finde, ist was Steve Stevens aus seiner Akustikgitarre herausholt und mit welcher coolen Gelassenheit er spielt.

      Auf einer E-Gitarre kann man sich bis zum gewissen Grad hinter Effekten und Power-Akkorden verstecken. Ein Stück auf Akustikgitarre so zu bringen wie Stevens es hier tut erfordert eine ganze Menge an Handwerk. Er ist ein herausragender Gitarrist, der beides kann!

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      1. Klar, Stevens weiss durch seine generell flott gegniedelten Soli zu unterhalten; auch die legendären Strahlenkanonengeräusche am Ende des Hauptteils von „Rebel Yell“ reproduziert er in originalgetreuer Weise, aber mich reisst das nun mal nicht vom Hocker.


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