Young died surrounded by friends and family at the age of 64 after battling with dementia for three years.
Foo Fighters opened their Saturday night set at the Corona Capital Festival with a cover of AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock, as an image of Young was shown on a large screen behind the band.
“We’re going to play some rock and roll for Malcolm tonight,” Grohl told the audience.
Earlier in the day, Grohl had penned a tribute to Young, explaining how AC/DC’s 1980 live concert film Let There Be Rock changed his life.
“That film, a live AC/DC performance from Paris, 1979, is everything that live [rock] and roll should be. Sweaty. Loose. Loud. A relentless performance from the perfect band. It was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band,” Grohl wrote.
“Thank you, Malcolm, for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll.”
Similarly, Guns N’ Roses covered AC/DC’s song Whole Lotta Rosie at their California show the same night.
“We’re gonna dedicate this to Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed. By none more than his brother Angus,” Axl Rose told the crowd.
Guns N’ Roses also dedicated covers of Alice Cooper’s Only Women Bleed and Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heavens Door to Young.
Via Rolling Stone.