The breaking news linking Axl Rose with the temporary frontman of AC/DC has been circulating rock n’ roll circles now for some weeks.
Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey let the cat out of the bag on his radio show that he had received intel that Axl was all but confirmed to front the band for the rest of the tour.
Talk seeping out of Los Angeles suggest Axl could be plotting a double shift at the helm of two of the world’s biggest bands. A source commented to New Rock Times: “It will be interesting to see if Axl attempts to front both bands. Maybe he will have news of this to share - if he plans a 'surprise' acoustic show.”
On his radio show Jason Bailey said: “This is what I’m being told, Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group, because it’s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta.”
“From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band.
He continued: “He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on.
“They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.”
Brian Johnson’s AC/DC status is the subject of much debate after the band posted a statement which revealed the postponement of 10-dates on their American tour because of Johnson’s ‘possible hearing loss.’
The statement continued to claim the dates would be rescheduled for later in the year ‘likely with a guest vocalist.’
Now Axl Rose has shot to the top of the hotly tipped list but with Guns N’ Roses announcing a long awaited reunion this year with Slash and Axl mending fences which they set fire to more than 20-years ago – would he have time to fulfil both roles?
Rose was pictured in Atlanta at the weekend with suggestions he was there for rehearsals for the AC/DC gig.
Speculation will continue to spread like wildfires until the band confirm their plans moving forward.