In Lisbon on Saturday night, AC/DC made their live debut with Axl Rose on vocal duties, the Guns N’ Roses singer having temporarily replaced ailing singer Brian Johnson. Rose was drafted in following the bombshell that Johnson could no longer play live with the Australian rockers due to the high chance of him losing his hearing if he continued.
After a brief period of uncertainty and rumour, Rose was announced as the man to replace Johnson and provide the screeching pipes that ensures the Australian rockers keep ticking. It wasn’t all good news though – fans were angry that Johnson has essentially been ‘kicked to the curb’ and many demanded (and got) a refund.
Guitarist Angus Young tried to suppress any lingering doubts about the prospect of Axl Rose on the mic, with Rose himself appearing genuinely humbled to be playing with the hard-rock legends in our exclusive interview with the pair – and the recruitment appears to have been a successful gamble.
Following a 22-song set which included a Rose, seated due to a broken leg, fireworks and ‘Riff Raff’ for the first time in 20 years, fans and critics alike were mostly won over on social media channels.
Doubters were quite happy to admit they were wrong
I'll be damned. I was wrong: Axl Rose's performance as temporary lead singer was rather good. See the video. https://t.co/mE0tVwNajF
— Michael Taube (@michaeltaube) May 8, 2016
AC/DC actually sounds pretty good with Axl Rose as the front man. I thought it was gonna be weirder.
— Jesse (@78Grams) May 9, 2016
AC / DC ft. Axl Rose – Whole Lotta Rosie
Axl sounds pretty good with them tbh ? https://t.co/oIIttT7wDP
— Joe Edgar (@joeedgar_new) May 8, 2016
I would say Axl nailed it in Lisbon, great performance by him and Angus https://t.co/9nOQb2wyZu
— Geoff Lawrence (@geoffdoesstuff) May 9, 2016
— Jon Sheasby (@JonSheasby) May 8, 2016
Cannot believe how good @axlrose sounds with AC/DC. Just absolutely nails it. ??
— Mark Prentice (@NudgePrentice) May 8, 2016
— Halcombe (@halcombenorilsk) May 9, 2016
Dietmar was feeling a bit smug about the whole thing
Just as I predicted: Axl Rose fronting AC/DC working out pretty dam good. Different, but good nonetheless. RIDE ON!https://t.co/kYObflnz5S
— Dietmar@BPMG4u (@dhk614) May 9, 2016
But not everyone was thrilled
Axl Rose in AC/DC is such a bad idea
— Mais (@_MaisW) May 7, 2016
— Eric Urbanowicz (@Stoshball) May 9, 2016
— Thumbelisa (@LadyLisaCusack) May 8, 2016
Need to make your mind up? Check out a few clips from the show below
Their mammoth ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour rolls into the UK in less than a month, and if their show in Lisbon is to be trusted? It’s going to be a triumph.