It's official, Axl Rose will front AC/DC
It's official, the big news that Axl Rose will fill in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC has been confirmed on AC/DC's website Saturday.
Saturday night Angus Young appeared with Guns N' Roses at the Coachella music festival in California. Along with Angus, the band performed 2 songs that were once staples of Guns concerts, Riff Raff and Whole Lotta Rosie.
AC/DC headlined Coachella last year, kicking off the Rock or Bust Tour without Malcolm Young. The tour was put on hold in March when the band announced that Brian Johnson would not be continuing. Doctors advised him to not perform anymore, or risk “total hearing loss”. This story seems a bit murky. Johnson hasn't said much publicly about this situation other than he felt like he was being kicked to the curb by the band.
There are 10 European dates and 10 North American dates left AC/DC's tour. It appears that Rose will join the band in Europe, before returning to Guns N' Roses for the Not In This Lifetime Tour, before resuming with AC/DC at a later date.
The official AC/DC website published the news Saturday:
"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," the band said in a statement just hours before Guns N' Roses took the Coachella stage. "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."
Online reviews of Rose fronting AC/DC are lukewarm at best.
Here is some fan footage from Coachella:
Off Rock contributor Mike Lang lost out on the AC/DC gig to Axl Rose.