Thursday, October 26, 2017

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses perform tribute to late AC/DC producer George Young

Guns N’ Roses performed the AC/DC classic, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, in Hartford, CT on October 23 as a tribute to the Australian band’s late producer George Young, and video from the concert has surfaced online.

"This next song we're gonna do this for a friend of ours and dedicate it to his brother who just passed away," Axl Rose told the crowd at the city’s XL Center. “So, this is for Angus Young and this is dedicated to George Young, who actually produced this song.”

George Young – the older brother of AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Youngpassed away on October 22 at the age of 70.

“It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young,” said the brothers in a statement. “Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.

“As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man. As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.”

Originally based in Glasgow, Scotland, most of the Young family emigrated to Australia in 1963, with George forming The Easybeats in Sydney a year later. The group scored a 1966 No. 1 hit in the members’ adopted homeland with “Friday On My Mind”, written by Young and guitarist Harry Vanda.

After The Easybeats disbanded in 1970, Vanda and Young became one of Australia's most successful songwriting duos and production teams.

The pair produced the first five AC/DC albums – from their 1975 debut, “High Voltage”, to “1978’s “Powerage”, as the band became stars in Australia while gaining pockets of support around the world.

Guns N” Roses frontman Axl Rose joined AC/DC for the final 2016 dates of their “Rock Or Bust” tour after singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to leave the trek due to hearing loss issues.

Angus has occasionally joined GNR on their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, including a recent July 2017 appearance in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

See also:

Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC producer George Young dead at 70
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd cancels European tour
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