AC/DC tour production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth said in a video interview with Metal Heads that the band’s current vocalist, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, is a “regular guy” despite his reputation for being moody, eccentric and demanding. Skjerseth explained, “He’s not the diva — he never has been. I’ve worked with him many times before. He’s like any artist — he loves his show. He is a regular guy — we’re all different, we all can be weird, but that’s okay in life. That’s what makes him who he is.”
Skjerseth, who made his comments in a behind-the-scenes video glimpse of AC/DC’s current tour, added, “He’s enjoying himself, the band is enjoying him. They play old songs. The show is longer now too. It used to be two hours, it’s now two hours and 20 minutes. Who knows what they’ll come up with? . . . They’re sounding fantastic and it’s a great show. At the end of the day, it’s AC/DC the way they always intended it to be.”
- Rose stepped in on vocals for AC/DC after frontman Brian Johnson was forced to bow out due to hearing issues.
- AC/DC played the last show of the spring 2016 leg of its Rock Or Bust European tour on Wednesday night (June 15th) in Düsseldorf, Germany.
- The rescheduled dates of AC/DC’s North American tour — which will be the band’s first concerts here with Rose on lead vocals — will kick off in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 27th, just five days after Rose completes his summer stadium run with Guns N’ Roses.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch AC/DC perform “Riff Raff” in Dusseldorf on Wednesday night:
Watch the behind-the-scenes tour video:
- Do you think Axl’s reputation has been wrong all along?
- Or has he turned a corner and is now a different person than he was for many years?
- Should he continue performing with AC/DC?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Charles Burnett wrote: “If Brian can’t continue, Rose is the future of AC/DC. Love to see an album from them with Axl.”
Tammi Jo Albertson-Wilkins wrote: “Axl killing it…actually the whole band is killing it!!! playing tight and fast.”
Christopher Emeritus III wrote: “These shows with Axl have been nothing short of fantastic! If Brian is not coming back, AXL/DC should definitely consider doing a new record (or at the very least a single) together when the time is right.”
Jason J. Kennedy wrote: “I’m glad Axl was able to help the guys out for the remaining tour dates but now its time for AC/DC to take a break until Brian can make a full recovery and get back to the band.”