Axl Rose Will Continue with AC/DC: Report

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Nothing has been announced officially yet, but online reports suggest that AC/DC will be heading back into the studio soon—with Axl Rose contributing vocals.

The Guns N’ Roses singer initially joined the Australian band in 2016 after previous frontman Brian Johnson was forced to retire from performing after suffering from hearing loss.

Now, says AC/DC biographer Murray Engleheart, on his Facebook page, all parties want to document their new working relationship with a studio album. Posted Engleheart, “Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals – new album, touring, the whole nine yards…What was a massive gamble by Angus turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future.”

Watch AC/DC perform “Thunderstruck” with Axl Rose at Madison Square Garden

If it does happen, it won’t likely happen any time soon: Guns N’ Roses are scheduled to continue their Not in This Lifetime tour through July, when they will wrap it up in Sweden. But according to other reports online, Angus Young, AC/DC’s lead guitarist, is eager to get into the studio with the often unpredictable Rose. Young joined GNR onstage in Germany last year.

Related: Revisiting AC/DC’s Back in Black album

AC/DC has had a rough time of it in the past year. Malcolm Young, the band’s co-founding rhythm guitarist, backing writer and songwriter, died Nov. 18 at age 64, having suffered from lung cancer and dementia. The older brother of Angus Young, his death shook the rock world. Before that, last October, George Young, the older brother of both Malcolm and Angus, also passed away. He was the producer of many of AC/DC’s albums and also a core member of the Easybeats, the group that scored a best-selling hit in 1966 with “Friday on My Mind.”

Watch AC/DC and Axl perform “Back in Black” in Denmark in 2016

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  1. Billy K.
    #1 Billy K. 8 February, 2018, 15:23

    Who will playing bass? Didn’t Cliff Williams say he was retiring?

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