Bruce Springsteen had a treat for his Australian crowd at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. According to the Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 8, the rock legend paid tribute to another rock 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.
It was the first time Springsteen and the E Street Band has covered a heavy metal song, but they thrilled the crowd with the performance as they kicked off the 28-song show on Saturday night.
The 1979 hit song by AC/DC was on the last album recorded by Bon Scott before his sudden 1980 death at just 33 years old. Kicking of 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 Bruce Springsteen’s effort to pay tribute to Australian acts as 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. 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 a memorable one.
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