Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) says that he “couldn’t think of a better choice” than Axl Rose to front AC/DC for European dates in May and June.
The legendary Australian rock band postponed the last ten dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Brian Johnson he faced “total hearing loss.” AC/DC has since announced that it will use the GUNS N’ ROSES singer as a “guest vocalist” when it resumes its tour next month, with Johnson apparently not returning to the band at all.
Wylde, who has performed a cover version of AC/DC‘s “Whole Lotta Rosie” with GUNS N’ ROSES in 2011 when BLACK LABEL SOCIETY opened for GN’R (see video below), says that while he certainly wants to see Johnson return to AC/DC, he believes that Rose will be the perfect guy to step in and do the job.
“We all want Brian to get better, as far as his hearing,” Zakk told Metal Wani in a new interview (hear audio below). “That’s terrible. I’ve met Brian, and he’s the sweetest guy on the planet. I mean, obviously, everybody’s rootin’ for Brian to get better. But in the meantime, while Brian‘s recovering, I couldn’t think of a better choice. And Axl‘s such a huge fan. [Late AC/DC singer] Bon Scott is, like, his guy.”
He continued: “When me and Axl would always talk about our favorite musicians and singers and guitar players… you know, whatever… We both love Elton John and everything like that. Whenever we talk about all the bands and musicians, Bon Scott was his… As far as singers go, he was, like, ‘That was my guy.’ So, for Axl, I’m sure he’s beyond honored that he could actually… you know, he’s gonna sing with the guys. It’s like Ozzy [Osbourne] playing with THE BEATLES, ’cause of Ozzy‘s love for John Lennon, and they’re gonna ask him to sit in for John Lennon‘s parts. You know what I mean? Ozzy would be beyond… he’d be speechless. So, yeah, Axl‘s gonna be beyond honored, and I think it’s gonna be awesome, ’cause, I mean, Axl loves that stuff. So in the meantime, until Brian gets better, I couldn’t think of a better way to do it.”
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