During a recent appearance on Rock Antenne, AC/DC’s co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, Angus Young, talked about their collaboration with Axl Rose back in 2016 and discussed his attitude towards AC/DC members.
As you may recall, back in 2016, Brian Johnson had to take a step back from touring with AC/DC due to hearing issues. As AC/DC had planned a whole tour, they were suddenly left without a lead vocalist which put them in a very difficult position. At that point, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose came to their rescue and volunteered to help them out.
As the word spread about Axl Rose filling in for Brian Johnson, AC/DC fans became worried about whether that would affect the relationship between the band members due to Axl Roses’s bad reputation about collaborating with other bands. Axl Rose is widely known for his difficult personality is often considered to be the reason why Slash and Duff McKagan resigned from Guns N’ Roses.
His most infamous reaction on stage took place on August 8, 1992, at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. During that event, Metallica had to leave the stage early after James Hetfield got burned from the pyrotechnics on stage, and soon after that Guns N’ Roses took the stage. The staff didn’t have enough time to properly tune the monitor which soon enough angered Axl Rose who smashed the microphone on the floor and left the stage.
This became one of the many examples of how difficult it is to work with Axl Rose who always wants to do whatever he feels like without considering the consequences of his actions or his bandmates. However, in his recent interview, Angus Young said that Axl Rose was nothing but helpful and although he had a broken foot, he did his best to not let AC/DC down. Thus, it seems like the years have matured Axl Rose and turned him into a more considerate person.
Here’s what Angus Young said about Axl Rose in his recent interview:
“Axl helped us out. He had actually volunteered, because – I’ll be honest – at the time, we didn’t really know what we would do in that situation. And he, very early, had volunteered. He said if he can help out – he had his own commitments to do – and he said if it didn’t interfere with what he was doing, he would gladly, if he can help, he would be involved.
So it was a case of that. We didn’t know if it would come together, so we did a little bit of rehearsing with him. And it worked out. He broke his foot when he had been working on his own project, but he certainly gave it his all to get through. So that was very good of him.
I’ve got a lot of respect for how he did it – he was very pro, and he was very hungry. He’s very much a fan of especially a lot of our earlier stuff with Bon [Scott]. So he was excited to be doing it, as a band. I’ll always be grateful to him for that.”
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