Bruce Springsteen covers AC / DC’s “Highway to Hell” with Tom Morello, Eddie Vedder
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine has teamed up with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for a daring cover of AC / DC’s “Highway to Hell”.
The song will appear on Morello’s upcoming solo album, “The Atlas Underground Fire,” which is scheduled for release on October 15th.
“Our version of ‘Highway to Hell’ pays homage to AC / DC, but with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder this legendary song projects into the future,” said Morello. “One of the greatest rock & roll songs of all time sung by two of the greatest rock & roll singers of all time. And then I drop a shredded guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”
The trio first teamed up to sing the AC / DC classic at a Springsteen and E Street Band concert in Melbourne, Australia in February 2014, according to The Rolling Stone.
At the time, Morello had temporarily joined the E Street Band as lead guitarist while Steven Van Zandt stepped out to film “Lilyhammer” during the “High Hopes” tour. The duo performed the song several times during the tour and later Vedder made a surprise appearance on stage, joining them to sing the cover.
Vedder said in an interview with the Howard Stern Show in November 2020 that Springsteen had encouraged him to join the couple on stage while the Pearl Jam frontman was on a separate tour of Australia as well, Variety reported.
“Hey, Ed! I have an idea!” Vedder recalls as Springsteen recalls. “Here’s the deal. Okay. 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 that reminder (expletive). You don’t have to wait. First song , knock with me, and you’re good to go! “
Morello’s solo album was recorded during the pandemic and features several other music stars including Chris Stapelton, Damian Marley, Bring Me the Horizon, Phantogram, Mike Posner and more.
He said he didn’t have access to an engineer during the lockdown, so he had to record all the guitar parts on the voice memo app on his phone.
Here is the full track list from Morello’s new album, “The Atlas Underground Fire”:
• Harlem Hellfighter
• Highway to Hell (with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder)
• Let’s start the party (with Bring Me The Horizon)
• Driving in Texas (with Phantogram)
• The War Within (with Chris Stapleton)
• Hold the Line (with grandson)
• Naraka (with Mike Posner)
• The Achilles List (with Damian Marley)
• Night witch (with phem)
• Charmed I’m Sure (with Protohype)
• Save Our Souls (with Dennis Lyxzén from Refused)
• On the Shore of Eternity (with Sama ‘Abdulhadi)