AC/DC Legend Reveals Why Axl Rose ‘Tarnished’ Band


Mike Fraser is a legendary record producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with the likes of Dave Grohl, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and of course AC/DC. This rock and roll mastermind was the recent guest on the irreverent podcast, Mastering Music Mastering Life, where he shared his opinions on many subjects. Here Fraser discusses how he felt that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s involvement in AC/DC in 2016 personally ‘tarnished’ the name of the legacy group, despite his great voice. Alternative Nation transcribed Fraser’s comment’s below.

Host: What was your take on the whole Axl [Rose] thing when that went down?

Fraser: Well, I get it, they had commitments to finish a tour and you know, Angus [Young] and the rest of AC/DC thought Axl was the one. As a fan, I don’t like that choice, but I get it. I think Axl did an amazing job. You know, especially with some of the older stuff that they don’t usually do and Axl’s got that higher range. To me though, it kind of tarnished, in my opinion, the AC/DC name,

Host: Uh-huh

Fraser: To me, that wasn’t AC/DC it was just a band going through the motions and AC/DC’s never been that band. So, yeah. But that’s what Angus wanted, to keep going, not disappoint people and that’s what this band’s always been about – the fans. So, I respect that decision.