Tom Morello explained the inspiration for the cover of ‘Highway to Hell’ in an interview with Loudwire and told the story of when he first decided that making this cover was a good idea.
As you may know, Tom Morello has a sweet spot when it comes to AC/DC. He recently revealed that in his opinion, ‘Highway To Hell’ is one of the best records of all time while celebrating its 42nd anniversary on his Instagram. The successful guitarist recently released a cover of ‘Highway to Hell’ with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder this month showing once again how much he loves the song.
This cover took its place in Morello’s upcoming album ‘The Atlas Underground Fire,’ which will be released in October 2021. However, it was a matter of question as to why Morello decided to do a cover of one of the best rock songs in history, and he gave his answer recently in his interview.
Here is the entire story of his inspiration:
“I was on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Australia in 2014 we were playing in Perth, which is the birthplace of Bon Scott the singer of AC/DC, and I wanted to pay my respects at his grave. So in the middle of the night about 11 o’clock, I’m creeping around this graveyard in Perth looking for Bon Scott’s grave, and out of nowhere comes a little light like a headlamp in the graveyard. The middle light coming towards me is a motorbike, and there’s like a heavyset dude on the motorbike with a German World War II helmet and a t-shirt that says ‘I don’t give a shit but, if I did, you’re the one I’d give it to.’ I’m like ‘if anybody’s going to know where Bon Scott’s grave is, it’s gonna be that dude.’ So I flagged him down, and he leads me to Bon Scott’s grave, I pay my respects I go back to the hotel.
Bruce Springsteen is sitting in the hotel bar I said ‘Bruce do you think there is a possibility of the circle of the E Street Band intersecting with the circle of AC/DC while we’re here in Australia?’ He said there just might be, of course, the next couple of sound checks we rehearsed ‘Highway to Hell,’ then we found ourselves playing in a soccer stadium in Melbourne. 80,000 people soccer stadium and Eddie Vedder was on a solo tour at the time, so he happened to be at the show, and a light bulb went off, and I knocked on Bruce’s dressing room door, I said I got an idea. What if we open the show in Australia, land of AC/DC with the song Highway to Hell and Eddie sings it with us.
The video is out there, and the place came absolutely unhinged. I mean it was one of the apex moments on stage in my entire life and as I was making this record there’s a lot of great young collaborators like Bring me the Horizon, Fanogram, Chris Stapleton, Grandson, Mike Posner, and Femme but I wanted like a historic moment I reflected back on that the electricity in the room when two of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time sung one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time and so that’s what we tried to create with ‘Highway to Hell.'”
You can watch the whole interview below.