AC/DC hasn’t officially confirmed anything on their Facebook page or on their official site, however, the legendary band has confirmed that they have been “forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the U.S. leg of their ‘Rock or Bust’ World Tour. AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.”
Earlier this month, the band stated that the tour would likely continue at some point, but “likely with a guest vocalist.”
Who might front AC/DC was all but a mystery until rumors began two days ago that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose would be taking up the task. As reported by Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey:
This is what I’m being told, Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group, because it’s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta… From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band. He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on. They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.
Sure enough, Axl was spotted in Atlanta this past weekend and apparently there for rehearsals.
With the pending reunion dates, which Axl also said would be more like a full-on tour this past weekend, with Guns N’ Roses, shouldn’t his energies be spent on putting that project together? More than that, is Axl really the right guy to front AC/DC? As you can see from theabove, Axl is no stranger to AC/DC (who is at this point in history?), and, honestly, his interpretation isn’t that bad. Actually, the AC/DC cover is better than the covers of G’N’R that he does these days. It makes sense that he knows “Whole Lotta Rosie” though, since he’s been doing it since the early days of G’n’R (see player below). But doing a cover is one thing and leading the band is quite another.
It’s not an official confirmation, but Malcolm Young’s son, Ross Malcolm Young, linked to an Axl rumor article on his Facebook page. Someone said that he was “opening a can of worms” by posting the article, to which Ross replied, “It’s true.” Now, did Ross mean that “it’s true that he was opening a can of worms” or that “it’s true that Axl is joining AC/DC for the tour”?
To be frank, there are only two men who should front AC/DC, and I think you know who I’m talking about. But let’s hear it from you: should AC/DC continue without Brian Johnson? What are your thoughts on the idea of Axl Rose fronting the band?
Rock Hard \m/