Rumors persist as to who will take the role of lead singer for rockers AC/DC. The newest is that Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose is to replace Brian Johnson as singer for the band’s remaining dates of its current world tour.
The G’N’R singer is said to be on the brink of announcing that he will be joining the Australian rockers the last of the U.S. tour dates.
One can’t help but think if Axl joins, then the band could be heading down the “Highway to Hell”.
Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey said that the 54-year-old was spotted in Atlanta at the same time as AC/DC after being flown in while they auditioned replacements for Brian Johnson, who had to resign because he is losing his hearing.
The DJ 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,” said Bailey, citing a ‘very good source’.
That source may be Ross Malcolm Young, the son of founding guitarist Malcolm Young and nephew of Angus Young, who shared a photo on his Facebook page (that he has since deleted) that said Axl was joining the band and said that “It’s true.”
AC/DC released a group statement earlier this month announcing it had postponed the remaining 10 shows of the band’s tour due to Johnson, 68, losing his hearing.
The statement released on the band’s official website said: “AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.”
The band has not announced an official replacement for Johnson, but released a statement announcing Johnson’s departure from the Rock or Bust tour and hinted that upcoming shows would likely feature a guest vocalist.
Axl Rose is about to lead his band, Guns N’ Roses, as headline act at Coachella festival in California next month.
Coachella does not begin until April 15th, which is ten days after AC/DC’s final tour date in New York. Hmmm, watch this space.