Thursday, November 5, 2020

AC/DC grateful to Axl Rose for help with 2016 tour

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says he is grateful to Axl Rose for his assistance in helping the band complete their 2016 “Rock Or Bust” tour.

The Guns N’ Roses rocker contacted the group following news that Brian Johnson left the trek after being advised by doctors that he was risking total hearing loss; Johnson revealed that the issue began while racing at the 2008 Watkins Glen International when he suffered a punctured left ear drum after forgetting to put his ear plugs in during the event.

While Rose stepped in to help the band complete the final dates of the trek in Europe and North America, Angus confirms there were no real discussions about the singer continuing with the group following their final show in Philadelphia, PA in September of 2016.

"That never really came up,” Young tells Total Guitar. “Axl was really very generous, and he helped us out to get through our touring side at a difficult spot. He had contacted us and said he could help if it didn't interfere with his own commitments of what he was doing. He wanted to come in and try songs that he himself liked, and he was suggesting songs I hadn't played in a long time.

“I'm definitely grateful that he volunteered, and that had helped us finish off our commitment. But he has his own life."

Johnson underwent therapy for the hearing issue in the past few years and returned to AC/DC for the 2018 recording of their forthcoming album in Vancouver.

AC/DC will release “Power Up” on November 13.

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