Internet Rumour Mill Delivers; Axl Rose WILL Front AC/DC
Alright who had Axl Rose in the AC/DC frontman pool? Shortly before a near-classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses takes the main stage at this year’s enviable Coachella Festival, the news has been confirmed that Rose will front seminal Aussie rock band AC/DC. In the words of our intern, 2016 feels made up.
AC/DC have issued an official statement on their website which confirms that Rose will join the band for their remaining European tour dates, as well as their to-be-advised US shows.
You can read the band’s statement below:
“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. AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals. The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N Roses, Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour. The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.”
Last month the internet was rife with rumours that Rose would be taking the place of vocalist Brian Johnson, who’s been forced to take a step back from touring or risk permanent hearing loss. TMZ snapped the Gunners singer leaving the same recording studio as members of AC/DC, so it wasn’t exactly the height of journalistic reporting but it had fans in a spin regardless.
Will this mean that AC/DC will now be consistently three hours late to the stage? It’s hard to tell, but for a hint of what you can expect from the new-look Acca Dacca, check out Guns N’ Roses’ cover of their 1977 hit, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, below.