Foo Fighters, Billy Joel & Guns N’ Roses Each Honor Late AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young
On Saturday, the music world learned of the loss of AC/DC co-founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who died at age 64. Tributes to Malcolm poured in throughout the day including a handful of live performances. Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and Billy Joel were among those who played AC/DC songs in honor of Young.
Foo Fighters have played the Aussie rockers’ “Let The Be Rock” a number of times towards the end of the night over the course of their current tour, but on Saturday Dave Grohl & Co. opened with the title track from AC/DC’s 1977 album and dedicated their whole show to Malcolm Young. Watch pro-shot footage of Foo Fighters’ “Let There Be Rock” from Saturday night at the Corona Capitol Festival in Mexico:
Guns N’ Roses brought their tour to Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Saturday night. “We’re gonna dedicate this to Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed. By none more than his brother Angus,” Axl Rose said as per Rolling Stone before dedicating covers of both Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” to Malcolm. Earlier in the day Slash said of Malcolm Young to Rolling Stone, “Malcolm Young was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. I toured with AC/DC on their ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ tour. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing.” Rose joined AC/DC on their most recent tour, which took place after Malcom’s retirement.
Here’s Axl’s dedication as Slash played Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed”:
Watch “Whole Lotta Rosie” as performed by AC/DC and captured by Jorge Cubas:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wff6WJcX-U
Billy Joel continued his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday. Joel called AC/DC “one of the greatest rock & roll bands I ever saw in my life” and recalled seeing the band at Roseland. The Piano Man then brought out crew member Chainsaw to lead “Highway To Hell.” Check out fan-shot video captured by Conor Fox: