Roger Daltrey on Axl Rose joining AC/DC: ‘Give me a break’

The Who frontman doesn't think much of Rose going on tour with the Aussie legends

Roger Daltrey has scoffed at the news that Axl Rose will be replacing Brian Johnson as the lead singer for AC/DC after more than 40 years.

Rose is taking a break from his own band, Gun’n’Roses, in order to stand in for Johnson on the remainder of AC/DC’s Rock or Bust World Tour, after the Australian legend was forced to retire from performing music for good or face permanent hearing loss.

“I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break,” said Daltrey, the 72-year-old lead singer of The Who, to Canadian media.

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Paying tribute to his friend, Daltrey told the London Free Press that “I really feel badly for Brian”.

He said: “It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he’s given that band over the years. I thought their farewell statement to the press and to Brian was fairly curt to say the least. I felt for him. That must have hurt.

“I’ve spoken to Brian. He’s got loads of other things he wants to do in his life. I think AC/DC will miss Brian much more than Brian will miss AC/DC. There you go. What do you expect from Australians?”

AC/DC confirmed last week that Rose would join the band for remainder of their world tour. He is due to play 12 European dates, including two UK shows, at London’s Olympic Stadium on 4 June and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 9 June. After that, he will rejoin his own band for their North American tour, before returning to AC/DC and completing 10 shows which were postponed after Johnson announced his retirement.