AC/DC: ‘Axl Rose keeps asking to play more shows’

Guns N' Roses frontman is filling in for long-time singer Brian Johnson

AC/DC have revealed that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is open to playing more shows as the band’s stand-in singer.

The band have recruited Rose after their long-time frontman Brian Johnson was advised against performing live on medical grounds. A tour originally booked with Johnson as their singer was rearranged.

AC/DC play two UK shows next month: London’s Olympic Stadium on June 4 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 9. Rose will then rejoin the classic-era line-up of Guns N’ Roses for their ‘Not In This Lifetime’ North American tour, which runs from June 23 to August 22.

However, speaking to Germany’s NDR, guitarist Angus Young said: “We’re committed to finishing this tour, so that’s been our main goal. Axl helping us – I know he’s very excited.”

“He keeps saying, can he do more [shows]? But we don’t really know at the end. This tour, which we were committed to doing, we want to finish it.”

Asked about Axl Rose’s physical health (he broke a bone in his foot prior to the band’s tour), Young said: “His leg’s repairing. Each show we’ve been doing, he’s been getting up and moving around a lot more. So it adds to the show.”

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Asked about whether Rose had enlisted advise from Johnson, the singer said: “I have not spoken with Brian, only because 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 also I had Guns N’ Roses commitments and then breaking the foot. 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.”
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