Sunday, August 10, 2014

VIDEO: Billy Joel performs AC/DC’s Highway To Hell in New York

Billy Joel performed AC/DC’s 1979 classic, “Highway To Hell”, at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday with help from New Zealand rocker Jon Stevens, and fan-filmed video of the tune surfaced online.

Stevens was enjoying the show in the crowd before Joel surprised the singer.

“My first time at the Garden and I wasn't expecting to be asked up onstage,” Stevens later posted on Facebook. “.. talk about intense.”

The August 7th show is part of Joel’s ongoing residency at the famed venue, where he plays one show each month.

Stevens began his lengthy music career as a pop star in New Zealand during the 1970s before moving to Australia to front the Sydney band Noiseworks in the 1980s. From 2000 – 2003 he fronted INXS in the group’s “transitional years” following the death of Michael Hutchence, but ultimately left to start a solo career. The singer is also a member of The Dead Daises, a band with a rotating lineup that includes current and former members of Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, The Cult, Nince Inch Nails and more.

Joel made headlines in March of this year when AC/DC singer Brian Johnson joined him in new York to perform the band’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” – watch video of that performance here.

AC/DC recently completed recording a new album without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues.

The band recorded the project at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O’Brien (Aerosmith, Pearl Jam). O'Brien previously teamed up with the Aussie rockers to produce their 2008 album, “Black Ice”, at the same location.

Johnson recently suggested that the group could be on the road by the end of 2014.

See also:

AC/DC pinball machine upgraded by Stern
AC/DC to play 2015 Glastonbury Festival?
AC/DC singer to drive in UK race event
AC/DC’s Highway To Hell marks 35th anniversary
Search AC/DC at hennemusic