Malcolm Young’s Son Claims Axl Rose Is Joining AC/DC: ‘It’s True’


Founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young’s son, and Angus Young’s nephew, Ross Malcolm Young shared an article on Facebook last night about the rumors we reported via an Atlanta radio DJ that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will joining AC/DC to help complete the band’s tour, after visiting Atlanta over the weekend. When someone commented that Ross was ‘opening a can of worms’ by linking to the story, Ross responded, “It’s true.”

When a fan was was critical of the rumored choice of Angus to invite Axl into the band, saying it’d hurt the band’s legacy, Ross claimed the decision had already been made. Ross responded, “He can and he will.” Ross later deleted his post.

While Angus’ nephew claims Rose will perform with the band, bassist Cliff Williams’ daughter Erin Lucas wasn’t as eager to confirm the news. On Instagram a user was skeptical of Rose being the singer for the rest of the tour due to ’10 shows’ being the rumored number despite 22 tour dates being left (including European dates which Rose is not rumored to perform on) on AC/DC’s schedule, and held out hope for Brian Johnson’s return. Lucas responded, “Smart cookie.”

Guns N’ Roses insider MSL reported on GNRTruth over the weekend that Rose had visited Atlanta for ‘rehearsals.’ He also said, ‘Didn’t say GNR’ when asked what rehearsals Rose was visiting, without specifying. This led to speculation from fans that Axl would perform with AC/DC, who were forced to postpone their tour in Atlanta earlier this month due to singer Brian Johnson’s hearing problems. MSL made a follow up post yesterday, “Not denying it now. Nor am I confirming. I said what I said. I said what I could. What I said was true. I can’t stop people from speculating, but I can defend myself when somebody claims my accurate information was somehow inaccurate. One side may want something. The other side may be flattered. Doesn’t mean anything is going to happen.”

Since his Atlanta trip, Rose has seemingly returned to Los Angeles for Guns N’ Roses rehearsals, with Fernando Lebeis releasing the following photo from rehearsals on Wednesday night.


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Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey reported earlier this week on his show, as transcribed by Alternative Nation, that a ‘very very good source’ is telling him that Axl Rose will indeed be joining AC/DC to front the band for the remainder of their tour. Alternative Nation first reported rumors of Rose touring with AC/DC on Monday.

“This is what I’m being told, Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group, because it’s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta.”

“From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band. He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on. They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.”


Axl Rose was spotted in Atlanta over the weekend, and according to MSL from GNRTruth, he was there for rehearsals, but not for Guns N’ Roses. While MSL’s tease on GNRTruth doesn’t specify what exactly Rose is rehearsing for, it has led to rampant speculation that the legendary Guns N’ Roses frontman could be one of AC/DC’s guest singers for their upcoming concerts.

AC/DC released the following statement earlier this month: “AC/DC are postponing the remaining dates of their U.S. tour because of lead singer Brian Johnson’s possible hearing loss. The band says in a statement that doctors have advised the ‘Back in Black’ singer to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. The group’s shows beginning Thursday in Atlanta through April 4 in New York are being rescheduled for later in the year — likely with a guest vocalist. The group’s lone stop in Florida would have been Friday at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale. AC/DC opened the most recent U.S. leg of its ‘Rock or Bust’ tour Feb. 2 in Tacoma, Washington.”

  • Robdotcom71

    Bad journalism. Ross Malcolm Young isn’t Angus Young’s son. I think the middle name would give you a clue ya tosser!!

    • astronut

      Go read the headline again. lol

      • Robdotcom71

        The story has been edited… originally it said Angus Young’s son…..

    • heisenberg

      Are all alternative rock fans as stupid as you? Learn how to read…..

      • Robdotcom71

        The story has been edited…

        • Robdotcom71

          The idiot journalist changed it obviously once that mistake was pointed out and more information came in.
          My reading is fine btw. I wouldn’t have made that comment otherwise.

  • When will you be interviewing Bon Tyler?

    Poor journalism my friend.

  • Alan Russell

    I call bullshit!

  • rustyshackleford462

    I’m so goddamn sick of hearing/reading about these two overrated bands. I understand reunions and lead singers getting kicked out is big news, but I come to Alternative Nation to read about Alternative Rock. If it’s a slow news day/week/or whatever for the classic alternative bands that we all know and love, why don’t you pay more attention to the lesser known or up-and-coming bands. I know you do from time to time, but fucking seriously, cut the bullshit acdc and guns n shitty roses bullshit.

    • heisenberg

      Somebody get Rusty a tissue….

    • Shirlee Eldridge

      yeah overrated lol yet you took the time to read?/ comment. ok you don’t like them fine but overrated? stop trolling,

    • Eddie Yarler

      Dangit Dale, I’m gonna kick your ass I tell ya whut.

    • Felonious Punk

      Easy there, Shackleford…don’t let the VenusFarce hear you dissing his heroes Hired Guns like this. Lest you want to spend the next week coming to Alt Nation just to hear some choad presume to tell you all about your totally obvious moral faults while he supports the tardy, domestic-abusing bully that is Fat Axl Rose…

  • Valued Customer

    AC/DC will be going onstage at 1:00 A.M. for the remaining 10 tour dates.

    • Drivingtheview


  • Corndog

    What is that thing with the balls on?

    • Jimmy Intense

      Looks to be a modified sewing table

      • Corndog

        Weird looking contraption. Though it was some odd exercise equipment or something.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Those are magic 8 balls. One is for a 2nd opinion

  • sifting .

    april fools day is next week

  • Odd1

    Appetite for selfDestruction is what this is.


    and Izzy Stradlin will play the Malcolm Young parts…

    ha…that will be funny…

    • neighborhoodvan

      He wants more money. Brett said so.

  • Patrick Bohler

    I call bullshit. Really bad photoshop, Ross.

  • Patrick Bohler

    This just in! Ace Frehly to sit in for Angus Young!

  • Axl Rose has agreed three year deal with AC/DC…as long as he can duet with Elton John to ‘She’s Got Balls’

  • Javier Gutierrez

    Everybody, AC/DC Fans please take a moment of your time listening and put all your attention on this video. Please focus and listen to the whole song and watch the actual video please.

    This is not a cover band or tribute band. This is a performance of “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by real good musicians, they are already known.

    Listen to the singer, his voice is between Brian Johnson and Bon Scott. He can easily pull off AC/DC songs. He is not a cheap impersonator of Bon Scott, Brian Johnson wanna be. He has his own style, its his clean voice, he sounds nature and not forced and fake which can fill and it can work in AC/DC music.

    But not only his voice but look at his persona, he got the attitude and the experience to fill big stages, and he already did filled big stages.

    I already seen a lot of suggestions like krokus and angry anderson, etc

    But CONSIDER this, like Eddie Trunk said, that would be a dinosaur act. its not 80’s anymore. Thats a POINT, a FACT. Who know who are those singers nowadays? The audience is younger. most of them didn’t exist when these singers where on the scene.

    I know they are good but they don’t have the mainstream AC/DC has.

    Now with Corey he can help expand AC/DC music to the whole new generations. He is not the best or the only one, but he can do the job. Its far better than that fucked up Axl Rose, even John Lydon can be interesting or kid rock haha.

    And last but not least hope you enjoy the video John 5 hit every dam high note on that guitar perfectly.

  • neighborhoodvan

    Shows are sold out anyway. No point in trying to get tix unless you wanna pay through the nose. Thats $1100 for 2 shows this year with Axl. Not bad considering who he’s playing with. The Holier Than Thous on vafious podcasts can eat me. DUMP TRUMPF

  • L.T. Dilport

    Notice the “Big Balls” in the picture? As Axl lovescto say… Read between the lines.😯

  • cardlink62

    Well, I’ll not be seeing the Rock or Bust tour. Axl Rose is a punk with a big mouth and extremely poor work ethics who disrespects the fans. Has Angus Young lost his fucking mind? I say.., YES.