In the interview he joined with Billboard, AC/DC’s late icon Malcolm Young explained how Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler helped them on their first show in the United States during which Foreigner members didn’t want AC/DC to perform along with them.
As you may remember, Malcolm Young, who was the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, and backing vocalist of AC/DC, was diagnosed with dementia and admitted to a nursing home in 2014. Young died from the effects of dementia on November 18, 2017, at the age of 64.
Many years before he was diagnosed with dementia, Malcolm Young joined an interview with Billboard and talk about the time when Steven Tyler inducted AC/DC at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
During the conversation, Young reveals the reason why the Aerosmith icon’s name sprung to their minds straight away when he thought about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Apparently, when AC/DC came to the United States for the first time, Tyler was the person who helped them out the most.
According to Malcolm’s statement, the major moment that they realized the support of Tyler was the time they were about to be kicked out of a show by the members of Foreigner. At the time, AC/DC was on a gig with them at a big stadium, however, for some reason, Foreigner didn’t want them to perform.
Luckily, Aerosmith was on the same gig and Steven Tyler saved the day for AC/DC by threatening Foreigner to leave the show if they didn’t let the Australian band play as well. Young mentioned that he and his bandmates had been grateful to Tyler for his support since their first show in the U.S.
Here’s how Malcolm Young expressed his gratitude for Steven Tyler:
“When we first came to the States… we were doing sort of club dates and things like that. Aerosmith heard we were in the country and they got us to put on as a support act for ’em. And when Tyler would do interviews he would talk about us, too. He got us onto The Midnight Special.
What really sealed it was when we were on a gig with Foreigner, who had a big hit record at the time, and it was a big stadium. Aerosmith was on it, too. Foreigner didn’t want us on there for one reason or another, and it was Steven Tyler who said, ‘Well, if you’re gonna drop them, we’re not playing either.’ I thought that was brilliant.
So when we look back we thought he was the man who helped the band when we first came to the States, and we’re grateful for that.”
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