Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters Cover AC/DC Songs in Tribute to Malcolm Young
The rock world is still mourning the death of AC/DC co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who passed away yesterday after a years-long battle with dementia.
While tributes from dozens of famous musicians have poured in over social media, Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters chose to honor Young by covering some of AC/DC’s classic songs at their performances last night.
Axl Rose, you’ll recall, filled in as vocalist for AC/DC last year after Brian Johnson was unable to honor the band’s touring commitments due to hearing loss, so Young’s death was all the more personal. Rose addressed the audience in Sacramento and paid his respects to Young before launching into the nightly covers portion of the band’s set, leading with Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed,” Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and finally AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie.”
Foo Fighters, meanwhile, began their Mexico City show with “Let There Be Rock,” and later peppered in bits of “Who Made Who” and “The Rocker” to their own smash hit “The Pretender.” Dave Grohl also posted a touching personal tribute to Young on Foo Fighters’ Facebook page, sharing how important AC/DC were in his own journey into discovering and loving music.
Check out footage of both bands’ performances — as well as posts containing their personal tributes to Malcolm — below.