Genre Hard rock
Writer(s) Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer Rick Rubin
“Big Gun” is a song by AC/DC. It was released as a single in 1993 and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero, as well as during reruns of the Savage Nation talk show as bumper music. It was later released on the 2009 box set Backtracks. It became the bands first No. 1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart in 1993.
AC/DC has only played the song live once during 1996 rehearsals but never at an official show.
The music video, directed by David Mallet, begins with Schwarzenegger breaking an entrance door to an AC/DC concert. As he walks around the crowd and the stage, observing each band member, Angus kicks his cap towards him. When Schwarzenegger puts on the cap, his clothes morph into Angus’ trademark school uniform costume and signature Gibson SG. He then starts imitating Angus’ on-stage antics throughout the video, including a scene in which Angus Young actually climbs up on Schwarzenneggers back and rides around the stage perched on his shoulders while continuing to play his guitar chords. The video also features a young Shavo Odadjian, the future bassist for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down.
The video was similar to the one for “You Could Be Mine” (released to promote Terminator 2: Judgment Day), where Schwarzenegger interacted with Guns N’ Roses.
Year Country Chart Peak
1993 Australia ARIA Singles Chart 19
1993 Austria Austrian Singles Chart 23
1993 France French Singles Chart 14
1993 Germany German Singles Chart 20
1993 Netherlands Dutch Singles Chart 18
1993 Norway Norwegian Singles Chart 8
1993 Sweden Swedish Singles Chart 11
1993 Switzerland Swiss Singles Chart 5
1993 UK UK Singles Chart 23
1993 US Billboard Hot 100 65
1993 US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Brian Johnson lead vocals
Angus Young lead guitar
Malcolm Young rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams bass guitar, backing vocals
Chris Slade drums
This was the last song to feature then-drummer Chris Slade, before being asked to leave AC/DC a year later so that Phil Rudd could return to the band.
Label: ATCO Records 7567-96031-2
Format: CD, Maxi-Single
Released: 25 Jun 1993
Genre: Hard Rock
1 Big Gun 4:25
Engineer David Bianco
Producer Rick Rubin
Written-By Young*, Young*
2 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (Live In Moscow) 6:42
Engineer Will Shapland*
Engineer [Assistant] Dave Porter
Mixed By Ken Lomas
Mixed By [Assistant] Mike Plotnikoff
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Written-By Young*, Johnson*, Young*
3 Shoot To Thrill (Live At Donnington) 5:45
Phonographic Copyright (p) Leidseplein Presse B.V.
Copyright (c) Leidseplein Presse B.V.
Made By Warner Music Manufacturing Europe
Published By J. Albert & Son Pty. Ltd.
Track 1: Taken from the movie ‘Last Action Hero’
Track 2: Live recording provided by The Manor Mobile
Track 1 & 2: Published by J Albert & Son Pty. Ltd.
Management for Part Rock Management Limited & Hard To Handle Management
C & © 1993 Leidseplein Presse BV
A Time Warner Company
Made in Germany
– Note on the frontside of inlay: ‘All tracks previously unreleased’.
Barcode: 0 7567-96031-2 8
Matrix / Runout: 756796031-2 WME
Label Code: LC 0120
Rights Society: GEMA | BIEM
Other (Distribution Code): France CA773