Brian Johnson has the greatest respect for Axl Rose, who at that time stepped in live at AC/DC at short notice.
Brian Johnson has made his judgement about his “substitute singer”: Axl Rose had delivered properly to AC/DC when he himself fell out due to illness. The Guns-N’Roses singer filled in for the hearing impaired Johnson during the Rock-or-Bust-Tour in 2016. Axl Rose had done a “fantastic job”.
Rose had performed “vocally very demanding” gigs back then, Johnson told the US news site “UCR”. For AC/DC gigs you always have to be on top of your own abilities. Especially because Axl was hired at such short notice, Johnson had a lot of respect for what he had accomplished. “A lot of respect”, he repeats in the interview.
The 17th studio album “Power Up” features Johnson, guitarists Stevie and Angus Young, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd. According to the band, Stevie Young is a worthy successor to his late uncle Malcom Young, who co-founded the Australian hard rock band and played music with them until his death.
Johnson himself is very excited about AC/DC’s first live performance after the Corona pandemic. Enthusiastically, he says: “When rock music is back on the streets, it will feel like a big load of peace. But the musicians don’t want to rush anything and prefer to hold out: “We keep our fingers crossed that all the trouble will smoke out”.
And when a comeback is finally in sight, Brian Johnson is optimistic that his hearing problems will no longer be an obstacle. He says he is fit again and can hardly wait to go on tour.