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Published: 2017/11/19

Foo Fighters Open with AC/DC Cover, Dave Grohl Pays Tribute to Malcolm Young

Foo Fighters played a show last night at Corona Capital in Mexico City where they honored the late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young following his death at the age of 64.

The band emerged to a projected image of Young with his guitar with Dave Grohl promising the crowd that they were “going to play some rock and roll for Malcolm Young.” The group then launched into an opening cover of the band’s “Let There Be Rock” which has been a mainstay in the Foos’ rotation during their Concrete & Gold tour.

Grohl also penned a note earlier in the day detailing his connection to Young and the music of AC/DC. The Foos leader told a story about going to see a screening of Let There Be Rock in 1980 at the age of 11. “It was the first time I lost control to music,” Grohl said. “I didn’t want to play my guitar anymore. I wanted to smash it.”

Read the full statement below.

37 years ago my friend Larry Hinkle and I went to see a midnight movie on a Friday night at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. It was 1980. We were 11 years old. The movie was Let There Be Rock. And it changed my life.

That film, a live AC/DC performance from Paris, 1979 is everything that live and roll should be. Sweaty. Loose. Loud. A relentless performance from the perfect band. It was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn’t want to play my guitar anymore. I wanted to smash it.

Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you.

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