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Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Australian singer Bon Scott and AC/DC

Bruce Springsteen had a treat for his Australian crowd at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia last night. According to The Hollywood Reporter on February 8, 2014, the rock legend paid tribute to another legend as the E Street Band covered the iconic song, “Highway to Hell”, honoring the late singer Bon Scott and the Australian metal band, AC/DC.

Bruce Springsteen performs live for fans at Perth Arena on February 5, 2014 in Perth, Australia.
Bruce Springsteen performs live for fans at Perth Arena on February 5, 2014 in Perth, Australia.(Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

It was the first time Springsteen and the E Street Band have covered a heavy metal song, but they thrilled the crowd with the performance as they kicked off their 28-song show Saturday night.

The 1979 hit song by AC/DC was on the last album recorded with Bon Scott before his sudden death in 1980 at just 33-years-old. Kicking off the concert with the song seemed like just the right way to honor the singer who grew up near Perth in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The tribute was the latest in Springsteen’s effort to pay tribute to Australian acts as he announced in his press conference before the show. As fans were thrilled with the cover, Tom Morello, a member of Springsteen’s E Street band, was also thrilled to be part of the experience. As he tweeted,

“Thanks Perth for 3 amazing nights! Opened show tonite in Bon Scott’s hometown with muthaflippin’ “HIGHWAY TO HELL”. The AC/DC Street Band?!”

It was Bruce Springsteen’s third straight sold out performance and definitely one to be remembered.

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