​Foo Fighters Pay Tribute To AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young – And It’s Amazing

Following the news that AC/DC's Malcolm Young sadly passed away this weekend, tributes have been flooding in for the legendary guitarist from the global music community.

*Sings Back In Black intro riff.*

Fans and fellow musicians have paid their respects to Young, who died on 18 November, with Eddie Van Halen saying it was a "sad day in rock and roll".

Ozzy Osbourne was also among many rock icons paying their respects to the Scottish-Australian musician, taking to Twitter to say: "So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless @ACDC".

But there's one tribute that we feel was particularly classy - and befitting of Young's hard rock legacy.

Foo Fighters honoured their fellow rocker by opening a set at Mexico's Corona Capital Festival with a cover of ACDC's guitar-shredding 1977 song 'Let There Be Rock'.

Dedicating the performance to Young, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl shouted to the crowd: "Do you love rock and roll? Tonight we're gonna play some rock and roll for you. Tonight we're gonna play some rock and roll for Malcolm Young."

The dark stage was lit up by an image of Young projected onto a huge screen, before the Foos tore shit up with a loving - and loud - homage to him.

Earlier that day, Grohl posted a heartfelt tribute for Young on Instagram, referencing AC/DC's 1980 concert film, also called Let There Be Rock, as "A relentless performance from the perfect band. It was the first time I lost control to music."

He also went on to say how Young and AC/DC's influence marked the first time he wanted to be in a band, adding "I don't want to play my guitar anymore, I want to smash it."

Despite a brief hiatus during the late 80s, Young had been involved with AC/DC since the band's inception. However, after developing dementia, he was eventually forced to permanently retire from the band.

During the time, he was behind one of the world's highest-selling albums - 1980's Back in Black - and was also inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 2003 with the rest of the band.

A statement on the group's website said that Young had shown "enormous dedication and commitment" as the driving force behind the band.

It also said that his loyalty to fans was "unsurpassed", and that he leaves behind "an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

What a sad loss for music.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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