Guns n Roses singer Axl Rose is reportedly being lined up to front hard-rock heavyweights AC/DC, after frontman Brian Johnson was ordered to stop touring immediately or face total hearing loss.
The Australian group recently rescheduled dates in the US due to Johnson receiving doctors orders to cancel dates or risk losing his hearing completely. The band confirmed their US dates would be “made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist.”
According to a “very very good source”, Rose will join the band for their remaining dates, following an audition with AC/DC in Atlanta.
The alleged source information comes from Atlanta radio DJ Jason Bailey, who claimed: “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 ten remaining shows. All ten, including Atlanta.”
AC/DC also have stadium gigs lined-up in the UK this summer, with dates at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and London’s Olympic Stadium in June. It is unclear whether Brian Johnson, the band’s lead singer since 1980, will be able to play these dates. Meanwhile, Axl Rose will be fronting the re-assembled Guns n Roses at Coachella Festival in April. He will be reunited with bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash.
This AC/DC article was written by Daniel Luscombe, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Adam Skirving.