Krokus singer Marc Storace says he would audition to replace Brian Johnson on AC/DC’s current world tour if asked.
Earlier this month, AC/DC postponed ten US dates following word that the frontman was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.
Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980 following the death of longtime singer Bon Scott; at the time, Storace turned down an invitation to audition for the group while focusing his energies on the Swiss band.
"It's amazing after so many years that this situation comes up again,” Storace tells BlastEcho. “It's really, really incredible.
“As far as it concerns me, obviously there’s my loyalty to Krokus, but the guys would understand if the offer came and I would certainly take it up this time and go for an audition,” he explains. “Then it’s up to Angus to decide. For me, AC/DC is Angus Young – no offense to Brian Johnson. I think Brian Johnson did a magnificent job with his special unique kind of voice. But losing your hearing is not a nice thing. It’s like losing our eyesight for a musician.”
In 2000, Storace recorded DC/World, a tribute to the Bon Scott-era. The project saw the singer deliver newly-recorded versions of vintage AC/DC tunes – check out audio samples from the package below.
While Storace says no one from the AC/DC camp has reached out to him about the position, he does offer somewhat cryptically “I actually didn’t even have to call Sony [both AC/DC and Krokus are Sony artists],” he says. “They were already on the ball. This thing is not an easy thing to decide. I don’t know what’s happening and I don’t wanna ask. I’m concentrating on my life and if they decide it’s gonna be someone else I’ll continue with my life like I’ve always done.
“I think it would be sad if they packed up and I really don’t mind who their replacement is,” he adds. “But I think Angus still has it in him and if he loves to do it he should go for it.”
While Johnson’s status with the group remains unknown, original AC/DC singer Dave Evans and Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist have both expressed interest in the gig as fans and media alike continue to speculate on who could lead the legendary Australian rockers.
A 12-date European tour is set to start May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal, while the postponed US dates are to be rescheduled to later in the year.
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