Do you like AC/DC? Do you like Guns N’ Roses? Do you have an appetite for rock?
Fans of rock music will no doubt be tickled pink to hear the good news. Axl Rose is set to join AC/DC for their 2016 tour.
The Guns N’ Roses frontman replaces Brian Johnson, who left the hard rock band due to hearing loss. He will perform with the group for the European leg of their Rock or Bust Tour. According to Rolling Stone, AC/DC released a statement confirming Johnson’s retirement. They stated, “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.”
It should be noted Rose is just filling in for Johnson. He will not become an official member of the band. When the tour ends, Rose will rejoin Guns N’ Roses bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan on the Not in This Lifetime Tour.
Curiously, this is not the first time Rose has ventured into AC/DC territory. In 1987, Guns N’ Roses covered “Whole Lotta Rosie” during a show at the Marquee Club.
AC/DC’s tour resumes on May 7 and ends on June 12. Their planned American dates will be rescheduled in the near future.