Rose replaces Brian Johnson, who has been advised to stop touring to save his hearing
The hard rock band confirmed the news last week after frontman Brian Johnson was advised to quit touring due to ill health.
Responding to the news, Cooper told Rolling Stone: “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.'”
“I just think that’s such a unique combination,” he went on to say. “Whoever has tickets to that show has got the golden ticket, because who doesn’t want to see that?”
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.
Rose will then rejoin Guns N’ Roses for their ‘Not In This Lifetime’ North American tour, which runs from June 23 to August 22. The band – now missing just one member of its classic lineup, Izzy Stradlin – played the first of two Coachella headline sets last night (April 16).
AC/DC announced last month (March) that they would be rescheduling a handful of US live dates after lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”.
Brian Johnson had been AC/DC’s frontman since 1980, joining the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott. Rumours linking Axl Rose to the band had been swirling for several weeks.
AC/DC’s Angus Young joined Axl Rose onstage at Coachella over the weekend for Guns N’ Roses’ headline set.