Axl Rose has said he wants to do AC/DC‘s Rock Or Bust world tour “justice”.
The Guns N’ Roses frontman recently replaced Brian Johnson in the rock band, after he was advised by doctors to quit performing or risk permanent hearing loss.
Rose has now given his first interview in five years to BBC 6Music, whom he told he meant “no disrespect” to Johnson by taking his place in the group.
“I’m happy and excited in one sense, but I think it would be inappropriate to be celebrating, in a certain way, at someone else’s expense,” he said.
He also revealed that it was his idea for him to join AC/DC, saying “I called the day I read about it in the news, that there was a situation going on with Brian’s hearing.”
He continued: “I called a guy who’s their production manager right now… because I knew there was going to be a problem with having dates on sale and dates sold and stuff like that. So if I could help, and if I was able to do it, and they were interested, I’d love to help. And that’s how it started.
“I wasn’t looking at it like, ‘I’m singing for AC/DC.’ I was looking at it like, ‘y’know, if I can, and if they think I’m able to do it.”
Rose will make his debut appearance with the band in Lisbon on Saturday (May 7), but has also said he isn’t sure how he is going to manage singing some of the band’s material.
“A lot of the Back In Black stuff is really challenging. I’m not here in any way out of any disrespect to Brian. I can’t take anything away from his singing at all. He’s a great singer and it’s really challenging to sing it. I’m just trying to do it justice for the fans,” he said.