Even before Guns N’ Roses delivered a searing performance at Coachella this weekend, everyone was talking about lead singer Axl Rose. That’s because he was confirmed as the temporary lead of AC/DC, replacing Brian Johnson, who is suffering from hearing loss, for the remainder of the “Rock or Bust” tour.

Alice Cooper, for one, is psyched. Cooper told Rolling Stone: “I just think that’s such a unique combination. Whoever has tickets to that show has got the golden ticket, because who doesn’t want to see that?”

  • He continued: “At first I thought it was an April Fool’s thing. I went, ‘Oh, come on.’ Then I started thinking about it and said, ‘You know, his voice is absolutely perfect for that band. That might just work.'”
  • In a statement released April 16th, the band said: “AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.  As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing.  We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
  • The band postponed the last 10 dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced “total hearing loss.” Those dates will be rescheduled, also with Rose on vocals. Details will be released soon, the band said in a statement.
  • The European stadium tour will kick off May 7th in Lisbon, Portugal, and run through June 12th in Aarhus, Denmark. Following the European run, Rose will head out on tour with his Guns N’ Roses bandmates for the “Not In This Lifetime” Summer Stadium Tour.


  • Applecorped at RollingStone.com writes, “RIP AC/DC.”
  • Jeremy Finch at RollingStone.com writes, “What will Angus do when Axl decides he’s gonna be 3 hours late for the gig and that the fans can wait? AC/DC has always had a helluva work ethic and rock hard for the fans. Axl? He’s kinda moody and unpredictable, like a petulant child. It looks good on paper….I hope it works out.”
  • John Saleeby at RollingStone.com writes, “This is Big Time Show Business. AC/DC got Axl to sign all kinds of agreements about how if he pulls any of his usual crap he will owe AC/DC all kinds of penalties and fees.”


The reaction on Twitter was mixed: