AC/DC could fulfill their postponed US live dates with the self proclaimed ‘best rock frontman in the world’ on mic duties – if Hives mainman Pelle Almqvist has his way.
Writing on his Facebook Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist of The Hives has delivered a very public application to take over temporarily from Brian Johnson with the legendary rockers.
Doctors ordered AC/DC have been forced to postpone a string of dates in America due to fears for the long term hearing of frontman Brian Johnson.
The Australian veteran’s have vowed to honour the postponed ten dates on the Rock or Bust tour later in the year with reports they could do so with a guest vocalist filling in for Johnson.
And Almqvist reckons he is just for the man for the job.
“Very sad to hear Brian Johnson can´t do a bunch of AC/DC shows due to health problems,” he begins, “that man is a legend. I would like offer my sincerest well wishes and get wells, and if any help is needed, I put my foot forward and say: Here I am.”
He goes on: “I have many many years of experience rocking the world’s biggest stages and, according to others, I am the greatest frontman in rock, plus judging from the reaction in Australia your crowd already seems to really like me. Plus, I have already been singing those songs since I was six-years-old.
“So AC/DC, please consider my application. Feel free to spread the word, fans.”
It is unknown who will step in for Johnson should the band, as expected, go down the route of taking on a stand-in singer but their first ever frontman would like the chance to be considered.
Dave Evans spent ten months as part of AC/DC before departing as Bon Scott was drafted in. Evans and AC/DC founder Angus Young released the single ‘Can I Sit Next To You, Girl’ in 1974 before the split.
Now speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald Evans says: “It'll never happen. But it would be nice to do one guest performance."
He goes on to say the band have now become bigger than their own music adding: "So long as Angus is there in his uniform... it's a branding thing now. The name AC/DC is almost bigger than the band itself. It's a massive thing all over the world.
"How many AC/DC cover bands are there? Millions, and as long as they play uncompromising hard rock and have someone dressed in a schoolboy uniform they pack in the people.
"Angus is the real deal. He will be thinking to keep the band going. The day Angus retires is the day AC/DC finishes."
POSTPONED US AC/DC DATES:
March 08: Atlanta Philips Arena, GA
March 11: Ft Lauderdale BB&T Center, FL
March 14: Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum, NC
March 17: Washington DC Verizon Center
March 20: Detroit Palace, MI
March 23: Columbus Nationwide Arena, OH
March 26: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
March 29: Buffalo First Niagara Center, NY
April 01: Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center, PA
April 04: New York Madison Square Garden, NY