In an interview with Classic Rock, AC/DC icon Angus Young talked about the time when Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose replaced Brian Johnson due to his health problems and shared his thoughts on Axl’s performance on stage.
As you might remember, back in 2016, during AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ tour, the band’s frontman Brian Johnson was advised by his doctors to take a break otherwise he would face the danger of losing his ability to hear completely.
Fortunately, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose stepped in and offered to take Johnson’s place for the remaining shows on Rock or Bust tour. AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young previously expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Axl’s help during the conversations he joined.
Recently, Angus Young and Brian Johnson appeared in an interview with Classic Rock and they talked about difficulties they faced during the ‘Rock or Bust’ tour. In the conversation, Young responded to a question about Axl Rose’s performance with AC/DC and revealed how thankful he was for his help even though he had his own commitments during that time.
Young stated that although Guns N’ Roses members, Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan were only recently reunited at the time, Rose still didn’t hesitate to offer them help. Angus also mentioned that he and his band will be forever grateful to the GN’R singer for what he did to save them during one of the most challenging periods of their career.
Here’s what Angus Young stated about Rose’s performance:
“Well, Axl contacted our people and said he could help us out. He had his own commitments, but he said if it doesn’t interfere with what he was doing he’d fill in. And we thought, well, give it a shot and see what happens.
Yeah. As I said, he was very generous to say: ‘Hey, I’ll help out.’ And me personally, I’ve got to give him credit, and the band will be forever grateful that he did that.
And remember, he broke his toe, so he was very lucky, I guess, to have Dave Grohl lend him a chair so he could sit on-stage. He gave it his best shot, you know?”
Young also mentioned how Axl learned to be for the rehearsals on time by stating:
“You’d be surprised! He’s a very pro guy. Every night he was there earlier than us.”
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