In one rock’s WTF moments – Guns ‘N Roses front man, Axl Rose has been confirmed as lead singer of AC/DC, stepping in for longtime vocalist Brian Johnson (68).
Rose has been called into service as AC/DC resumes its postponed Rock or Bust Tour. Johnson, who felt “kicked to the curb” by his band mates and did not believe his hearing problems were as serious as announced by the group, had been with the legendary rock band since 1980!
The Axl Rose-fronted AC/DC will play a series of European stadium dates ahead of the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour that’s set to in the U.S on June 23rd. The rescheduled U.S. shows would presumably follow GNR’s tour, which at this point is booked through late August.
Tonight’s statement from AC/DC:
“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
So it seems Axl Rose is happy to be in the spotlight again, having just reformed with former Guns ‘N Roses band mates, Slash and Duff McKagan. The band play Coachella Festival this weekend.
Guns ‘N Roses have played the Ac/Dc cover, ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ extensively across their set lists over time – check out the video below of what to expect.