The iconic guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Tom Morello, has announced his forthcoming album, The Atlas Underground Fire. Set to be released later this year on October 15th, it includes a visceral cover of AC/DC’s 1979 classic ‘Highway to Hell’. This is no ordinary cover of the British rock ‘n’ roll staple though; it features contributions from Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
A statement from Morello read: “Our version of ‘Highway to Hell’ pays homage to AC/DC but with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, bringing this legendary song into the future”. It continued: “One of the greatest rock’n’roll songs of all time sung by two of the greatest rock’n’roll singers of all time. And then I drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”
The all-star contributions to his upcoming album do not end there either. As well as ‘The Boss’ and Eddie Vedder, it features Chris Stapleton, Damian Marley, Phantogram and more.
Morello released his fourth album, The Atlas Underground, in 2018. He has revealed that he recorded the upcoming follow-up at home in LA. He explained: “During lockdown, I had no access to an engineer, so I had to record all of the guitar parts on the voice memo of my phone”. He expanded: “This seemed like an outrageous idea but it led to a freedom in creativity in that I could not overthink any of the guitar parts and just had to trust my instincts.”
Contemplating the effects of the pandemic on his artistry and the music industry as a whole, he concluded: “This record was a life raft in a difficult time that allowed me to find new ways of creating new global artistic connections, that helped transform a time of fear and anxiety into one of musical expression and rocking jams.”
Listen to the brilliant cover, below.