AC/DC, the band most likely to be heard blasting from a car driven by a middle-aged dad during his Sunday trip to Home Depot, recently found themselves without a lead singer. Brian Johnson, who took over as lead singer after the death of Bon Scott in 1980, was forced to quit their US tour by his doctor earlier this month after it was discovered that touring was putting his 68-year-old ears at risk for total hearing loss. Rather than cancel the rest of their tour, AC/DC decided to reschedule the remaining tour dates. And according to Alternative Nation (via NME), a radio DJ from Atlanta named Jason Bailey says that Brian is being replaced with former Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose.
NME says that AC/DC’s people wouldn’t exactly confirm if Axl was taking over for Brian; instead, they informed them that they don’t have anything official to announce just yet. A press rep for GnR didn’t have anything to say either. Maybe they’re waiting to see how Axl does on-stage during that big Guns N’ Roses reunion at Coachella.
Jason Bailey claims that “a very very good source” tells him Axl was flown into Atlanta to audition for AC/DC, like a damn American Idol contestant or something. Jason adds that Axl was spotted in Atlanta this weekend. Okay, but that doesn’t mean he was there to audition for AC/DC. He was probably there to party with Izzy, the 1996 Summer Olympics Mascot. After all, a dude who has lightning bolts for eyebrows definitely knows his way around a good time.