Axl Rose was reportedly spotted at a rehearsal studio in Atlanta with members of AC/DC, further fueling rumors that the Guns N’ Roses lead singer will front the iconic hard rock band for their upcoming rescheduled “Rock or Bust” U.S. tour dates. TMZ posted photos of Axl Rose exiting the studio where Angus Young and the rest of his AC/DC bandmates were said to be rehearsing, signaling the biggest clue that the seemingly far-fetched collaboration could actually be happening.
Axl Rose — Back in Black Hat … In Studio with AC/DC!! (PHOTOS) https://t.co/W7taDIbxx7
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 28, 2016
Rumors have been swirling that Axl will join AC/DC for at least some of the band’s 10 U.S. dates that were rescheduled after longtime lead singer Brian Johnson was sidelined by his doctors due to his serious hearing problem. Neither AC/DC nor Axl’s camp has confirmed that Rose will join the Aussie band.
Last week, NME reported that an AC/DC press rep responded to reports that Axl Rose will fill in for Johnson. The band’s longtime lead singer was recently told by doctors that if he continues to tour, he will be at risk for total hearing loss. The rep would not confirm or deny the Rose rumors.
“Nothing official to announce. Will update you if that changes.”
The Axl Rose story first surfaced last week when Alternative Nation quoted Jason Bailey, an Atlanta DJ who claimed that he was told that Rose was joining AC/DC for all 10 rescheduled tour dates. Bailey reportedly said he had the information about Axl Rose from a “very very good source,” but he would not reveal who told him the top secret news.
“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…They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.”
The music site later reported that AC/DC founding guitarist Malcolm Young’s nephew, Ross, confirmed on social media that the rumors are true and that the decision to add Axl Rose to the band had “already been made.” Ross Young’s post about Rose was later deleted.
In a message on their website, AC/DC announced they will reschedule the 10 remaining “Rock or Bust” tour dates and will likely use a guest vocalist. Since then, the band has received a steady stream of hard rocker volunteers eager to take on the high-profile job. In addition to the band’s very first lead singer Dave Evans, Krokus frontman Marc Storace and Hives singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist have expressed interest in filling in for Johnson.
Of course, no substitute singer would create a bigger sensation than Axl Rose. AC/DC fans either love him or hate him, and it would be interesting to see if Axl would pull his usual late arrival stunts as a guest vocalist for the iconic Austrailian band.
Still, while many fans may be excited to see such a supergroup, the timing is extremely questionable, considering Rose has finally patched things up enough with his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates to announce their own long-awaited reunion tour. According to Rolling Stone, Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have revealed they will reunite to play at least 21 cities for their upcoming reunion tour, as well as two April shows in Las Vegas and two shows at Coachella. Will Axl be able to juggle all of that and headline 10 separate concerts singing AC/DC classics? The timing certainly seems off, but the proof could be in those new pictures.
Take a look at the video below to see Axl Rose performing AC/DC’s classic song “Whole Lotta Rosie.”
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