Tom Morello Clarifies If He Asked AC/DC’s Permission To Cover ‘Highway To Hell’


Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke in a recent interview with Loudwire and recalled the time when they covered AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell.’

Along with lots of legendary songs such as ‘Back In Black,’ Thunderstruck,’ and more, ‘Highway To Hell’ is probably the most famous song that AC/DC has ever released. The track dropped in 1979, and it is still one of the greatest rock songs in the world.

Back in 2014, when Tom Morello was playing with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band during their Australia shows, they decided to cover ‘Highway To Hell’ as the opening song, Eddie Vedder contributed as well.

In the conversation, Tom pointed out that it was one of the apex moments on stage in his career and stated that he wanted to create a historical moment where two of the greatest singers sing one of the greatest songs in the world.

Later on, Tom revealed that he didn’t actually ask any permission to cover ‘Highway To Hell’ from AC/DC and said that it is unnecessary. However, Tom might be curious about what AC/DC really thinks about this topic.

Tom Morello revealed if they asked permission to cover the ‘Highway To Hell’ song:

“We didn’t have to do that. I mean, I’ve done other covers before where that hasn’t been necessary. I would be curious about their take on it, and that’s something I can look into, but it wasn’t required.”

You can check out the full interview below.