Californian punks The Offspring are no strangers to dropping a cover song from time to time, with the group having performed tracks by the likes of the Ramones, AFI, Bad Religion, and many more big names in the past. However, the band’s recent visit to France saw them paying tribute to one of Australian best known acts in front of an incredibly eager crowd.
As Ultimate Guitar notes, The Offspring performed at Download Festival France back on June 16th, where they delivered a set full of old classics, and one new favourite. However, the band’s set also featured them dipping into the AC/DC back catalogue, mixing in a cover of 1977’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’.
In footage that has recently been uploaded to YouTube, we can see the group delivering a ripping version of the track, performing it with a level of ferocity we’ve not seen from them in a number of years.
Of course, The Offspring have been known to cover AC/DC in the past, citing the band as a pretty big influence, and delivering their version of the band’s 1978 track ‘Sin City’ as the B-side to their 2001 single ‘Million Miles Away’.
As it turns out, ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ is actually a rather popular track for bands to cover, with groups such as Bullet For My Valentine and W.A.S.P. covering the track in the past. Most famously, Guns N’ Roses covered the song in their early days, and even performed it last year as a tribute following the passing of AC/DC producer George Young.
Currently, The Offspring are reportedly hard at work recording the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By, which is said to be coming as soon as this year. While we’ll have to wait and see if that is the case, we’ll have to listen to their cover of ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ again and again to pass the time.
Check out AC/DC’s George Young-produced ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’:
The Offspring @ Download Festival, France 16/06/18 Setlist
‘All I Want’
‘Come Out And Play’
‘It Won’t Get Better’
‘Staring At The Sun’
‘Want You Bad’
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’
‘Why Don’t You Get A Job?’
‘(Can’t Get My) Head Around You’
‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’
‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’
‘You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid’