Axl/DC is the perfect fit with Rose uniting the two biggest rock bands in a generation


“When you got an dream and you really believe in it, doesn't have to be an Rock n` Roll dream ... it can be an nuclear business man.
“I don't give a shit but when your teachers and your parents are saying 'Oh, come on now, lets be reasonable,' just tell them to fuck off!!”
A quote once uttered by Axl Rose which is now suitably apt after the enigmatic frontman was named as the new singer for AC/DC for their forthcoming European run of shows, and 10 US shows to be rescheduled later in the year.
Axl/DC is now a thing and for me it will be an event, a chapter in rock n' roll history which will unite two of our greatest ever hard rock bands.
Returning to the quote which opens this piece, and there is no doubt that this is very much a rock n' roll dream. I think it's fair to assume this is one dream Axl himself doubted would ever come true.
Axl Rose, the most hypnotic, enigmatic and polarising forntman in a generation will be spinning two of music's biggest plates this summer as he returns to stadiums with his rejigged Guns n' Roses line-up while also fronting AC/DC.
His love for AC/DC has always been public knowledge. Early live shows and demos featured foot-stomping, door kicking cover versions of 'Whole Lotta Rosie,' with which he effortlessly captures the sneering snarl of the original.
He has since demonstrated he has lost none of his range with a pair of AC/DC tracks at the weekend's Coachella Festival when, joined by Angus Young himself, he ripped through 'Riff Raff' and had another go at 'Rosie.'
Notoriously wary and reluctant to talk to the press, we await Axl's own thoughts on being handed the baton for such a monumental occasion but Eddie Trunk has blogged that speaking to Rose during Guns' recent dates in Las Vegas he was 'like a kid in a candy store.'
The stars have all lined up for Rose with GNR's summer stadium shows kicking off at the end of AC/DC's European cycle which mean the two tours fit seamlessly together with no overlap or conflict.
The appointment has had a mixed reaction but then Axl has always been a Marmite character. For many, like me, he is the greatest rock n' roll frontman of all time. The kind of frontman you can't take your eyes off. 
During a show, Rose performs as if his shirt is straining at the seams as his heart is pounding in his chest.
Snake dancing across the stage, swinging the mic stand, a figure of genuine unpredictability, burning passion who penned some of rock music's most iconic tracks. The soundtrack of a generation sung by the frontman of a generation.
But on the other side of the coin there are those who don't just not like him but can't stand him.
His infamous tendency to start shows late count against him for them.
But who else would rock fans, and AC/DC fans particularly like to see take over from Brian Johnson?
It is unclear what really went down with Johnson. Initial reports suggested hearing issues meant he had to take a back seat from the band. Doubt was cast on these by several allies of the veteran frontman who was reportedly hurt and felt like he had been forced out of the band.
Now it has been suggested by industry insiders that Johnson had told the band of his desire to 'slow down' and stated a preference for two or three shows a week.
For a band the size of AC/DC to be on tour and not performing that much is hugely expensive and with Angus being younger than Brian, he is said to be determined to keep the band motoring on and aims for at least one more world tour and album.
Back to the question of who else could carry the AC/DC mantle and if there is a list it can't be a big one.
AC/DC could have brought in a frontman from a multitude of AC/DC tribute bands who could have belted out a carbon copy of Brian, or even Bon Scott effortlessly.
But what would that do to ticket sales? 
If you had bought briefs for one of the European dates with a tribute man on the mic you'd be lying if you didn't think twice about returning your ticket and cashing out. Even if the public pleas made by people like The Hives frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist had earned him the gig, would that whet the appetite?
Going to see AC/DC without Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd or Brian Johnson isn't the most appetising of proposals.
But chuck Axl Rose into that mix instead and you have the recipe for a once-in-a-lifetime event. A tour to go down in the ages.
Yes in the past Axl has been late. But on each and every occasion he has played on into the wee small hours of the night for shows which both exceed the length of rock shows of rival bands by up to 90-minutes!
Any fan going to a Guns N' Roses show can't be sure when the gig will start but they can be sure as hell they'll get their moneys worth and they will get a performance that will live long in the musical soul.
Fronting AC/DC is a dream come true for Axl, a kid from Lafayette, Indiana, who will this year be front and centre of the biggest rock bands in a generation. 
There is not even the tiniest shred of doubt in my mind that this won't work. Axl will sing the shit out of the AC/DC back catalogue and hopefully his fractured foot heals in time so he can prowl the stage in his indomitable fashion, like a predator sniffing blood.
This is the summer Axl Rose will go down in history as the man who had the rock world by the balls. Back with Slash and Duff for the 'Not In This Lifetime' tour which is selling out huge stadiums across North America, and with AC/DC here in Europe, the big winners are us fans who are heading in music terms to a 'Paradise City.'
I'll leave the last words to Axl who sums it up best himself.
“Ragz to richez or so they say, ya gotta-keep pushin' for the fortune and fame, it's all a gamble when it's just a game, you treat it like a capital crime, everybody's doin' their time.
“Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green, and the girls are pretty, take me home.”

 

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