Axl Rose Is Back On AC/DC Duty

After a grueling but exciting Not In This Lifetime Tour launch in North America with Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose is now switching back to singing lead for AC/DC, as he did earlier this spring.

One of the coolest parts about their first show on this leg of the Rock Or Bust tour, is that Greensboro, North Carolina was treated to “Live Wire” during the set.

Plus, they didn’t forget the classics!

I’ve got give Axl major props! He’s been on fire this year, singing just as well as he did in 1987. Everyone assumed delays would plague both tours, but we have yet to hear about a single one. In fact, when I attended the Guns N’ Roses show in Pittsburgh, they were onstage early, at around 8:45pm!

Guns N’ Roses, and Axl, have a bright future ahead. The possibilities are endless for them! AC/DC however, might be slowing their train. Angus Young explains, “At this point, I don’t know. We were committed to finishing the [Rock Or Bust] tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, ‘I’m gonna do this and that,’ it’s always good to say at the end of it, ‘I’ve done all I said I would do.'” Bassist Cliff Williams has already announced his retirement, Phil Rudd is swimming in legal issues, and Malcolm Young is now retired as well. Brian Johnson is currently treating his hearing loss, but who knows if he’s up for another round of touring.

AC/DC reschedules US tour dates

Earlier in the year, Brian Johnson of AC/DC stepped down from his frontman duties to preserve his hearing. Today, AC/DC announced that they’ve rescheduled the tour dates that were postponed after Brian‘s departure.

Check them out below!

8/27/16  Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
8/30/16  Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
9/1/16 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
9/4/16 Columbus, OH  Nationwide Arena
9/6/16 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
9/9/16   Detroit, MI    The Palace
9/11/16 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
9/14/16  New York, NY Madison Square Garden
9/17/16  Washington, DC   Verizon Center
9/20/16 Philadelphia, PA       Wells Fargo Center

Angus Young has been super happy with Axl Rose taking over on vocals, and he says the band is ready to come back to the US, “This band has got a ton of energy and you’re going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon. I want to get back out there onstage in the US with these guys so our audience can see and feel it too.”

According to their website the addition of Axl has allowed AC/DC to perform some deep cuts that haven’t been heard much live, they write, “AC/DC have been surprising fans by including rarely played tunes from their formidable archive such as ’Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation’, ’Riff Raff’, ‘Touch Too Much’ and ’If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”

Let’s not forget Brian though. Get well soon Brian!! In the meantime, enjoy the return of AC/DC to the US!

Is it even AC/DC anymore?

With a year passing since the departure of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, it’s safe to say that things have been so busy in the AC/DC world that we forgot to check on him. 

He continues to face legal battles, and hasn’t been involved in the Brian Johnson ordeal. 

Now, we’ve heard from him. What does Phil Rudd think about the craziness? Loudwire reports that Rudd said recently, 

“No, I have not spoken to Axl. He has not spoken to me. It is up to Angus [Young], what he wants to do. I am limited to where I can go.”

 In a previous interview, it was pointed out Rudd was adamant about his eventual return, but revealed he has had a change in attitude, stating, “I was over-fueled. All over the place. I am not like that any more. I’ve never felt better as a drummer or a person. I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC any more? No Bon’s [Scott] beautiful voice. No Malcolm [Young]. No Brian [Johnson].” 

He makes an interesting point. Is there even an AC/DC anymore? It can certainly be argued that as long as fans want to pay to see them, there will be. 

Axl Rose and Angus Young clear up AC/DC rumors 

For months, we’ve been wondering how Axl Rose got involved as AC/DC‘s temporary lead singer. 

He’s a busy guy! He’s got one of the biggest tours in rock history to think about this summer! (with Guns N’ Roses) Why put more on his plate? It’s simple… he’s an AC/DC fan just like the rest of us. He tells BBC News

“I called a guy who’s their production manager right now… because I knew there was going to be a problem with having dates on sale and dates sold and stuff like that. So if I could help, and if I was able to do it, and they were interested, I’d love to help. And that’s how it started.

I wasn’t looking at it like, ‘I’m singing for AC/DC.’ I was looking at it like, ‘y’know, if I can, and if they think I’m able to do it.”  

It’s clear he just wanted to help, and we now know it was he who pursued AC/DC when the situation first took place. 

To provide more clarification, Angus Young added, 

“In his [Brian’s] heart he wanted to finish [the tour] but because of that hearing factor he had to make the decision,

It’s a hard thing to do, and he’d had the problem since we kicked off touring. It was his call. It was a shock to us too.

The last thing you want to do is walk away from something, but you don’t want someone in a tragic situation; being deaf, or any other affliction.”

 

So, perhaps this who scenario started with Brian Johnson’s consent. Although, in the beginning, we didn’t have that side of the story.

 The plot thickens!

Brian Johnson speaks out

Fans have been wondering what Brian Johnson has to say about all of the recent AC/DC, and now he’s opening up. A lot of what he has to say won’t surprise you. Blabbermouth shared Johnson’s statement, which was…

“As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC ‘Rock Or Bust’ world tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer. I want personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.

 

On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty, this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance, I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start. Nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life.

 

Since that day, I have had several consultations with my doctors and it appears that, for the near future, I will be unable to perform on stage at arena- and stadium-size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance, without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness. Until that time, I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk.

I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine. The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my life felt before. Being part of AC/DC, making records and performing for the millions of devoted fans this past 36 years has been my life’s work. I cannot imagine going forward without being part of that, but for now I have no choice. The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in spirit, if not in person. Most importantly, I feel terrible having to disappoint the fans who bought tickets for the canceled shows and who have steadfastly supported me and AC/DC these many years.

 

Words cannot express my deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks not just for the recent outpouring to me personally of kind words and good wishes, but also for the years of loyal support of AC/DC. My thanks also go to Angus and Cliff for their support.

 

Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.

 

Once again, my sincere best wishes and thanks to everyone for their support and understanding.”

I think it’s interesting that he didn’t mention Axl Rose specifically, but I’m sure this whole scenario has to be emotionally and mentally taxing. Get well soon Brian!

Two things happened during the Guns N’ Roses Coachella show…

In case you missed it, everyone freaked out about Guns N’ Roses playing Coachella over the weekend, and rightfully so.

They are a force to be reckoned with, even in 2016. If you’ll remember, the last time they played a “Coachella caliber” stage like this was 1993. Not only did they put on an impressive set, (hey, I thought they would!) they also made a HUGE announcement.

Axl Rose is going to front AC/DC for their remaining tour dates (yep – you read that correctly), starting in Europe on May 7th. He’ll even make appearances with Angus & Co. in North America. In fact, Angus Young joined Guns on stage last night at Coachella – and that’s when this announcement was made. AC/DC stated on their Facebook page,

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band over the years. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we support Brian’s decision to save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling our touring commitments to all that have supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. For full press release and tour dates, head to http://www.acdc.com/news

So, it looks like there were two reasons we saw Axl at AC/DC‘s rehearsal space not too long ago. The real question is – how does Dave Grohl feel about this news? His throne is going to be part of not one, but TWO monumental moments in rock history! I think he’s the real winner in all of this!

Take a look at Angus Young joining Guns N’ Roses on stage at Coachella below!

Axl Rose: AC/DC frontman?

The latest Axl Rose rumor involves AC/DC. Word spread like wildfire that he would take Brian Johnson‘s place (while he gives his hearing a rest) for the remainder of AC/DC‘s tour. A post leaked the story yesterday.

According to Alternative Nation, Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey said,

“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. All 10, including Atlanta.”

“From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band. He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on. They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.”

Is their truth to any of this? Well, until AC/DC officially announces it – no. Keep in mind, this news comes at the same time that Guns N’ Roses are set to tour with members of their original line-up. WHICH IS HUGE FOR THEM. I doubt, for business and personal reasons, that it makes sense to distract from that in any way, given how excited fans are for the reunion.

What do you think? Should Axl Rose front AC/DC for the remaining dates on their tour?

Brian Johnson ‘Kicked To The Curb’?

According to Jim Breuer, Brian Johnson of AC/DC was “kicked to the curb” after reports surfaced that he’d be unable to complete their current tour.

During an edition of Jim’The Metal in Me podcast, he said he visited with Johnson. “From what I gather, and I don’t have all the information, I only hear certain sides here. He said that he called and let them know, ‘Hey this is what the doctor said, but let’s try to figure this out. Let’s see what’s going on here, I don’t think it’s as bad as he said it is.’ Literally the next day in the press, it was ‘Brian Johnson, tour canceled, he’s losing his hearing.’”

Breuer continued, “Then he’s like, ‘You know what? I would really like to finish and do some shows. I think we can knock this out.’ Then all his luggage that he toured with showed up at his driveway. There’s been no calls. No, ‘How’s your hearing? How’s your health? What’s going on?’”

What do you think is going on? Was Brian Johnson mistreated by AC/DC? I doubt it.

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson rocked out too hard

AC/DC‘s frontman Brian Johnson may have rocked out too hard… if there is such a thing when you’re in AC/DC anyway. Doctors have ordered Brian to stop touring to avoid “total hearing loss.”

My question is this – can his hearing really be saved/spared by refraining from touring? Let’s be honest, the guy is 68 years old. He’s toured/dealt with loud music for the majority of his life. Perhaps what’s done is done?

However, Brian seems to be heeding the warning from doctors. According to their website, AC/DC has postponed their last 10 dates on the US leg of their current tour.

This is the best medical move for Brian, and I support it. Although, I imagine he’ll miss playing live. This leaves fans to ask – will Brian ever play live again? What do you think of his decision?