Axl Rose told NME in a new interview that he didn’t speak with Brian Johnson before temporarily replacing the latter as frontman for AC/DC, saying it was only because he didn’t have enough time. Rose explained, “I have not spoken with Brian. We haven’t spoken much about Brian. There hasn’t been any negative talk with the guys or anything — it’s just the time schedule of having to get things together for the shows, while I also had Guns N’ Roses commitments, and then breaking the foot.”

Rose took over the mic in AC/DC after Johnson was warned by doctors that he would face a total loss of his hearing if he stayed on the road. Rose, who broke his foot on April 1st during a club show with the reunited Guns, is slated for now to play AC/DC’s current run of European shows as well as 10 postponed North American gigs.

  • Rose also spoke about his injured foot, saying, “The day I found out it was broken I left the hospital to rehearse. My only day off was the surgery day, and the next day was back to rehearsals.”
  • The singer said he had “about 20 rehearsals” with AC/DC, adding, “If I really screw up, they can blame me for that, because I did have good rehearsals.”
  • Rose reached out to AC/DC himself after hearing about Johnson’s misfortune. Guitarist Angus Young said, “A lot of people were putting people forward. You get a lot of people. The modern world being what it is, everyone’s, ‘Well, I can sing a song.’” AC/DC did audition at least two tribute band singers during their search.
  • Rose recently indicated that he’s willing to continue with AC/DC past the 22 shows he’s contracted for. He will have to take a break from them this summer, however, for his North American stadium run with Guns N’ Roses.

SIDE NOTES: Last week a statue of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott was unveiled in his home town of Kirriemuir in Scotland. Guitarist Angus Young says he was aware of the statue but told NME, “I always check with his family. Sometimes thing are done and they’ve not been informed. Some people use their name and they’ve not been told. They’ve been unhappy with a lot of things that have gone down — people have done stuff and ignored their wishes.” The statue has reportedly become the top tourist attraction in the town since its unveiling.

POLL: Should Axl Rose reach out to Brian Johnson and speak with him?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Christopher Karl wrote: “I don’t know what happened to Axl Rose. It’s like he had a ‘Scrooged’ experience, and he’s literally undoing ALL of the mistakes and bad press he got in his career. He’s playing with TWO very high-profile acts, and getting great reviews – no BS at all – and he’s doing it well. I’m about to change my opinion of him 180 degrees… Is this the same guy???”

Rara Roland wrote: “Axl really is a changed man. He seems to have climbed down quite a ways from douchebag mountain. Right on.”

Rocky Fornine wrote: “I don’t understand all of the negativity. It’s sad what happened with Johnson, but I think this short run of shows with Axl fronting may not be half bad. Let the fans decide after the results are in.”

Basel Anabtawi wrote: “Does anyone else feel like Axl is way more enthusiastic about ACDC than GnR?”