Axl Rose reports contacting AC/DC to lend assistance before landing the gig
In his first reported interview in five years, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose talked to BBC 6 Music about joining AC/DC to play the band’s scheduled European tour dates and the postponed North American dates that were scheduled to take place from March 8, 2016 to April 4, 2016.
Perhaps the most revealing portion of the interview is that Rose is the one that contacted AC/DC about the potential vacant singer slot due to Brian Johnson‘s hearing issues.
The BCC 6 Music interview states:
“Rose also confirmed it was his idea to approach AC/DC about helping them complete the last 12 dates of their world tour.
“I called the day I read about it in the news, that there was a situation going on with Brian‘s hearing,” he said.
“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.”
Rose also said he didn’t know whether he would be able to sing some of the songs in the set.
“A lot of the Back In Black stuff is really challenging. I’m not here in any way out of any disrespect to Brian. I can’t take anything away from his singing at all,” he said.
“He’s a great singer and it’s really challenging to sing it. I’m just trying to do it justice for the fans.”
AC/DC are due to play London’s Olympic Stadium on 4 June and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium five days later.
Rose will be alternating between shows with the Australian band and Guns N’ Roses, who are on tour with original guitarist Slash for the first time since the 1990s.”
You can read and hear the entire interview at BBC 6 Music.”
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