Axl Rose says it was his idea to fill in for Brian Johnson with AC/DC
AC/DC have officially kicked off their European tour with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose filling in for Brian Johnson, who had to leave the tour to protect his ears from serious hearing loss. Before AC/DC’s first gig in Lisbon, Portugal, Rose and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young spoke with NME about his new role, including how he landed the AC/DC stint.
Rose stated the he actually made the call to AC/DC, via production assistant named Obie who works with both AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses.
“When I read the news about Brian I just called Obie to find out what they were going to do — not in the sense of like, ‘yeah, I want in!,’ it was more like, if I could help,” Axl told NME. “I didn’t even know for sure what songs I could sing, I didn’t know what their dates were…(But_ I found out Obie had already thrown my name in the hat!”
Young added that he Johnson is the one who decided to leave the band’s tour. He also sees why Johnson made that difficult decision.
“It was his call, what he wanted. He made that decision himself. He didn’t want to be deaf,” Young said. “And I perfectly understand that — when you stop doing this, you want to walk away with all your pieces!”
For the full interview, head to NME.
AC/DC and Rose are currently on a European tour that will conclude with a show June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. The band also plans to reschedule 10 U.S. shows with Rose in the lead vocal role.
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