For a moment, you were tricked into believing it was Malcolm Young shredding. Young's image loomed, the only thing visible for a few seconds, before Foo Fighters singer/guitarist Dave Grohl appeared jogging across the stage in Mexico City on Saturday night (Nov. 18).
“Do you love rock and roll?” Grohl screamed into the microphone. “Tonight, we're gonna play some rock and roll for you! We're gonna play some rock and roll for Malcolm Young.” The band then launched into a full-fledged cover AC/DC's “Let There Be Rock” in honor the guitar icon who died on Saturday at age 64 following a three-year battle with dementia.
This was Grohl and the Foos making good on their promise posted to Instagram earlier in the day following Young's passing.
“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 D.C.,” Grohl wrote. “It was 1980. We were 11 years old. The movie was 'Let There Be Rock' and it changed my life.” The post went on to say that after watching the live 1979 AC/DC performance from Paris, “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 losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you.”
Grohl absolutely lost himself to rock an roll. His long hair whipping as fast as his fingers were strumming his guitar and almost as frantic as the music itself.
Watch the full “Let There Be Rock” tribute below: