AC/DC Rep: ‘Nothing Official to Announce’ Regarding Axl Rose Rumors
While the buzz around the new Guns N' Roses lineup continues, Axl Rose finds himself amidst another rumor storm. The latest word is that the iconic frontman will be stepping in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC as he remains sidelined after doctors told him to stop touring immediately or risk "total hearing loss." Now, AC/DC's representative have stepped in with a statement, addressing the situation.
"Nothing official to announce. Will update you if that changes," the reps told NME when reached for comment. This leaves everything right as it stood, neither confirming nor denying that Rose will serve as the interim frontman in the world-class rock outfit. Alternative Nation first reported the notion, detailing that Atlanta, Ga. radio DJ Jason Bailey stated, “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.” No name has been given regarding the source that informed the Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ.
Additionally, Alternative Nation also reports that Malcolm Young's son shared an article about the rumor on his Facebook page, although he later took it down.
What can be confirmed is that Rose was in Atlanta as recently as March 19. A fan, Mark Guilermo, uploaded a picture of himself alongside the singer, who told Guilermo that Guns N' Roses are "going to do a whole tour." Rose's manager Fernando Lebeis took the photo.
When AC/DC announced they'd be postponing the remainder of their U.S. tour, they also suggested they'd be making up the dates later in the year and that they'd likely bring in a guest vocalist.
Considering the amount of hype surrounding Guns N' Roses with the return of classic members Slash and Duff McKagan, as well as recent hints that drummer Steven Adler may be taking part, it would be a peculiar move for Rose to front AC/DC, even if it were just for 10 shows. So far, only six Guns N' Roses shows have been announced with two in Las Vegas, two in Mexico and two performances at this year's Coachella festival.
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