If there’s a contemporary rock band that embodies the everyman spirit of AC/DC, it has to be the Foo Fighters. Much like the Aussie legends, the Foo Fighters have consistently cranked out riff-heavy albums full of great hooks and sweaty fervor over the last two decades. It was only fitting then, that the Foos would take time during a recent gig to pay homage to the late Malcolm Young, the man behind AC/DC’s rhythm engine and unswerving commitment to pedal-to-the-metal rock and roll.

In a post earlier that day, Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl said, “Thank you, Malcolm, for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll. I will do just that tonight, for you." He made good on his promise later that night, as the Foo Fighters kicked off their gig in Mexico with a performance of AC/DC’s ‘Let There Be Rock.’ Speaking under the gaze of Malcolm Young’s image on the video screen, Grohl said, We're going to play some rock and roll for Malcolm tonight.” Watch video of the performance here.

In similar fashion, Guns N’ Roses honored Young, with frontman Axl Rose announcing, “We're gonna dedicate this to Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed. By none more than his brother Angus.” (Rose toured with AC/DC as a replacement for ailing frontman, Brian Johnson, though Malcolm Young wasn’t performing with the band by then). Guns N’ Roses would go on to perform covers of Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’, dedicating both to Young.

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