AC/DC specifically asked for AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler to induct them into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on Monday (March 10) because he and AEROSMITH were instrumental in helping AC/DC to break into the United States in the mid-'70s.
"When we thought back about when we, we first came to the, the States, it, it sort of just sprung to mind straightaway — 'Well, Steven Tyler...' — because I think we were doing, sort of doing club dates and things like that in the States, and they heard we were in the country and they got us put on as support act for 'em," AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young recalled. "And when he would do interviews, inevitably he would talk about us guys, too. When we looked back, we thought, 'He's the man that really helped the band,' you know, so we're grateful for that.
"What really sealed it was when we did a gig with...remember that band FOREIGNER, who had had the big hit record, and we were put on that show? And it was great for us--it was a big stadium. AEROSMITH were on, too. FOREIGNER didn't want us on there for one reason or another, and it was Steven Tyler that said, 'Well, if you're gonna drop them, we're not playing either,' and I thought that was brilliant."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. In addition, AC/DC will play a free show in the city on Tuesday (March 11) at the Roseland Ballroom.
An edited version of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air March 16 on VH1.