Too Hot: AC/DC Shares Rejected 'Highway to Hell' Album Cover

The original idea was a lot more "hellish"
Angus Young performs with AC/DC during the Rock Or Bust Tour
Angus Young Photo credit Jeffrey A. Camarati/Getty Images

AC/DC continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of their most beloved and hardest rocking albums. Today we’re getting a look at the original Highway to Hell album artwork. It was rejected by the band’s American label for being too, well, hellish.

The group shot of AC/DC was the same as the one that appeared on the official release, but Angus Young’s devil horns look a little more evil with band members engulfed in flames. The album title sits on a guitar fretboard at the bottom, whereas the final product didn’t include the guitar. AC/DC says the concept was “shot down in flames by the American record company.”

To celebrate four decades of their final album with frontman Bon Scott, the band has also been sharing some live rarities from the same era. Check out “Whole Lotta Rosie” from Countdown in 1979.