Axl Rose says joining AC/DC is a ‘challenge’ ahead of Lisbon gig

Guns N' Roses frontman replaces Brian Johnson as frontman for rest of tour

Axl Rose has appeared on camera with his AC/DC bandmates for the first time ahead of the group’s upcoming concert in Lisbon, Portugal, which will see the Guns N’ Roses singer replacing Brian Johnson as frontman.

Rose has been enlisted as a stand-in for long-term singer Johnson for the remainder of AC/DC’s Rock or Bust World Tour, after the Australian singer was advised against performing live amid fears of suffering permanent hearing loss. Brian Johnson had been AC/DC’s frontman since 1980, joining the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott.

The band resume their tour with Rose in Lisbon this Saturday (May 7). In an exclusive quote given to NME, Rose spoke about the prospect of joining the band and what it means to him. “It’s a challenge, and I wanna do right by the band and the fans,” he said.

Rose has also appeared in a new clip with AC/DC’s Angus Young and Cliff Williams. In the video, Young says the band are “really excited” for the show, with Rose agreeing. Footage comes courtesy of promoters Everything Is New.

In a preview of what’s to come, Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses onstage during their set at Coachella festival last month (April).

AC/DC currently have 12 European live dates booked in for May and June, including two UK shows: London’s Olympic Stadium on June 4 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 9. It was recently reported that UK fans can request refunds for the shows if unhappy with Rose replacing Johnson.

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