Well, the cat is officially out of the bag. The worst-kept secret in recent Rock & Roll history was finally confirmed last night.
Axl Rose will be joining AC/DC for the final shows of their Rock Or Bust Tour. From AC/DC’s Facebook page:
People had been speculating for weeks now that Rose would be Brian Johnson‘s replacement, but as I’m sure you can see in the comments on that post that fans aren’t exactly happy about it. Some folks even suggested that without Johnson, Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd on the tour, perhaps it’s time for the band to hang it up. As it is right now, the band only has two “original” members – and I use quotes there because even though bassist Cliff Williams has been around for nearly 40 years, he joined the band a few years after their inception. One person even suggested that at this point it’s no longer AC/DC, and more like “Angus and friends.”
And if you believe everything you read, you might also get the impression that Brian Johnson has been kicked to the curb – and apparently that’s how he feels. It’s hard not to get that impression too, when he apparently got a second opinion on his hearing issues and felt that he could probably finish the tour off with the band… But when your tour luggage shows up on your driveway one day without a single word from the band, yeah, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been kicked to the curb.
At any rate, it’s hard to argue that Axl Rose’s voice isn’t suited to the material… At least the early Bon Scott-era material. In fact, Guns ‘N’ Roses even used to have a few of those early AC/DC songs as staples in their live sets. How he handles the Johnson-era stuff is anybody’s guess, but I’m sure he could at least do it a little justice.
When the big announcement was made last night, it almost overshadowed G’N’R’s headlining gig at Coachella. However, they had a trick up their sleeve too, in the form of a special guest: None other than Angus Young himself!
— Slash Mob (@Slash_Mob) April 17, 2016
With Rose still confined to Dave Grohl‘s rock throne while he recovers from a broken foot, he said, “Since I can’t run around for you, we’re gonna bring out a friend, put a little life into things for us.”
Fortunately for all of us, at least one fan in the audience caught it all on camera.
Whole Lotta Rosie
Those two were songs that the band had played before, like I said, as staples in their set.
So how will the tour break down? Well, once G’N’R does their headlining set at Coachella next weekend, then plays a couple shows in Mexico City, Axl will be off to Europe for the 10 remaining shows there throughout May. After that, he’ll return to the States and kick off Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime Tour. Once that wraps up, the 10 US tour dates left on AC/DC’s Rock or Bust Tour will be rescheduled.
Want to see more of G’N’R’s Coachella performance last night? Click HERE!