AC/DC is on an exclusive list as one of the most legendary and inspirational bands in the history of rock and roll. They have been grinding since 1973 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Former frontman Brian Johnson’s vocals were undeniable and near impossible to imitate.
When the band announced in 2016 that Johnson would be replaced by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, the news fell to mixed opinions despite the notorious reputation of Rose.
There was no doubt that the two bands shared fanbases at the time, but some die-hard AC/DC followers were worried that the singer would fall back into his unreliable ways. Rose proved them wrong by touring with both bands consistently as the shows received rave reviews in the process.
According to a Facebook post by AC/DC biographer Murray Engleheart, Rose will continue to serve as double frontman and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young plans on recording new music with Rose attached to the product. “Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals – new album, touring, the whole nine yards,” Engleheart said. “What was a massive gamble by Angus turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future.”
AC/DC have not recorded an album since 2014s Rock or Bust with Rose joining the tail end of the supporting tour after Johnson’s hearing loss. Guns N’ Roses have not completed an album since 2008s Chinese Democracy; so the idea of new music from either band will be met with great anticipation.
Guns N’ Roses are currently working hard on their Not in this Lifetime…Tour since 2016 to outstanding reviews.