Tom Morello plays guitar on the special cover version
Bruce Springsteen opened his set at the Perth Arena in Australia with a cover of AC/DC’s 1979 hit ‘Highway To Hell’ – click above to watch.
The veteran US performer appeared at the venue on Friday (February 6). His cover of the Australian rock band’s classic track saw four guitarists on stage: Springsteen, Nils Lofgren, Steven Van Zandt and Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine man Tom Morello.The late AC/DC singer Bon Scott grew up near Perth. ‘Highway To Hell’ was the final album he recorded with the band before his death in 1980.
Thanks Perth for 3 amazing nights! Opened show tonite in Bon Scott’s hometown with muthaflippin’ “HIGHWAY TO HELL”. The AC/DC Street Band?!
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) February 8, 2014
Morello features prominently on Springsteen’s new album ‘High Hopes’, which recently became Springsteen’s 10th UK Number One Album. The Boss’ latest record now puts him ahead of acts such as David Bowie, ABBA, Queen and Michael Jackson, who have all had nine UK Number One albums, but puts him level with U2, The Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams.
Tom Morello has spoken about how he came to be involved in Bruce Springsteen‘s new record, saying: “In December of 2012 I was driving around Los Angeles and listening to E Street Radio on SiriusXM. The song ‘High Hopes’ came on and I had heard it before, but I was reminded of what a jam it was. I thought that might be a fun one to play. So in the middle of the night I sat in my driveway and I texted Bruce and said, “What do you think about ‘High Hopes’ for the upcoming thing?’ He put that in the set. It just felt like a potential riff-rocker. It felt like it was a little in my wheelhouse of riffage, and I thought it would just be fun to rock out.”