Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Highway to Hell’ cover has backstory

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Highway to Hell’ cover has backstory


Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello are no strangers to AC/DC’s 1979 classic “Highway to Hell.”

They’ve been down that road before.

Morello of Rage Against the Machine has just released a new cover version of the AC/DC classic with Springsteen and Vedder on lead vocals. It’s part of the upcoming Morello album, “The Atlas Underground,” due Oct. 15.

Springsteen and the E Street Band developed quite a penchant for the song during the E Street band’s “High Hopes” tour of 2014. It started in February of that year when the band debuted their version of it Feb. 8 in Perth, Australia, the hometown of the band’s late lead singer Bon Scott.

Morello was on stage with group as he was filling in for guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who was busy filming “Lilyhammer” at the time. The E Street’s version rolls big on the highway without the sneer of the AC/DC version.

Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello.

Springsteen and the E Street Band, including Morello, took a liking to the song. They played it five times during the “High Hopes” run in Australia, according to Brucebase.

Vedder of Pearl Jam got involved at the Feb. 15, 2014, show in Melbourne. The Boss invited him  onstage to begin the show.

Vedder was touring theaters in Australia at the time.

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“Hey, Ed! I’ve got an idea!,” said Vedder, impersonating Springsteen on the Howard Stern show in 2020, according to Variety. “Here’s the deal. All right. First song: AC/DC, ‘Highway to Hell.’ You take a verse, I take a verse, and then you’re done. You can drink beer, you can do whatever you want. None of this encore (blank). You don’t have to wait around. First song, hit it with me, and you’re good to go!”



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