According to a new report, AC/DC will continue despite the exit of bassist Cliff Williams, and Axl Rose will remain the band’s frontman.
While AC/DC wrapped up the Rock Or Bust Tour in Philadelphia earlier this week, it will not be the band’s last tour. According to journalist José Norberto Flesch, Angus Young will not retire and will continue with the band. The guitarist will hire new musicians, and Axl Rose will continue as vocalist.
Axl Rose and Angus Young also are rumored to want to record new AC/DC material following Guns N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ world tour. Guns N’ Roses are expected to tour Europe in summer 2017.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young discussed Axl Rose and Dave Grohl in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
Axl is used to running his own ship. Did you have to talk to him about how you do things – like being on time?
He’s been really good. He prepares himself, ready to go. We sit and chew the fat before we get on, work out what songs we want to do. It’s gotta be fun for him, and for us. In the beginning, he was confined [with a foot injury] to that chair he borrowed from Dave Grohl. But as soon as he could, he was out and moving.
How did you get Axl to step in for Brian?
Axl contacted a production guy who had done stuff for us. He said, “I know these guys. They have a work ethic. They want to finish these dates.” He volunteered. He came to a rehearsal place we set up in Atlanta, and he’d done his homework. He had a few songs like “Touch Too Much” [on 1979’s Highway to Hell] – “Can you play this one?” “No, we never learned it.” We had never attempted to play it live.
Does Axl sound more like Brian or the late Bon Scott?
He’s more in the Bon style – the rock & roll character. And he’s got his own folksy humor. He’s pretty quick with a quip. Axl has different vocal ranges. You can hear him one way in a Bon song. Then he can flip and do Brian, the higher register.