Axl Rose Rumored To Be Joining AC/DC On Tour

When AC/DC broke the news earlier this month that its U.S. tour was on hold because of Brian Johnson’s hearing problems, the band said the gigs would be rescheduled “likely with a guest vocalist.” The buzz this week is that Axl Rose is just the guy for the job.

Never mind that Axl Rose is busy getting ready for Guns N’ Roses’ reunion dates in April. Apparently he also has time to prepare for an outing with Angus Young & Co.

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The rumors hail from Atlanta, which just so happens to be one of the locations that was supposed to host AC/DC this spring. The 10 postponed dates range from March 8 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena to April 4 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Earlier this week Alternative Nation pointed to a report from GNRTruth that said Axl Rose was in Atlanta doing rehearsals for something that was not Guns N’ Roses.

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Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey spilled the beans to listeners Tuesday that a “very, very good source” had informed him that negotiations about AC/DC’s tour plans were underway.

“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. … They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source,” Bailey said, according to Alternative Nation.

Evidence backing up Bailey’s source seemed to come from Ross Malcolm Young – Malcolm Young’s son and Angus Young’s nephew – who reportedly posted a link to the rumored story on Facebook. Alternative Nation reports that Ross wrote, in a post that has since been deleted, that the AC/DC decision had already been made and agreed with a commenter who said Axl fronting the band would hurt its legacy.   

The rumor mill sure has been busy churning out Axl Rose-related tidbits. The other big story this week is that Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan might be warming up for their reunion outing with a gig at the 500-capacity Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think – will Axl tarnish AC/DC’s legacy? Which other singer could fill Brian Johnson’s shoes?

Or do you think there was any truth to Jim Breuer’s comments about how Johnson had hoped to finish AC/DC’s U.S. tour because the singer didn’t think his diagnosis was as bad as the doctor claimed? Should the band reconsider touring with Johnson?