If it’s true, you can bet the dirty deed won’t be done dirt cheap.
Weeks after AC/DC announced that it was postponing concerts because singer Brian Johnson’s doctors had advised him to stop touring, reports have surfaced claiming the Australian hard-rock band has hired Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses to fill in for its ailing frontman.
AC/DC’s representative declined to comment on the matter. But according to Alternative Nation, a nephew of guitarist Angus Young confirmed rumors that Rose had agreed to join the band for 10 shows, including dates in Atlanta and New York.
In a statement earlier this month, AC/DC said it was putting off the final U.S. shows of its “Rock or Bust” world tour as a result of problems with Johnson’s hearing. The concerts “will be made up later in the year,” the statement promised, “likely with a guest vocalist.”
Rose would make a somewhat surprising choice for the job, given that he’s currently said to be in rehearsals for a string of upcoming Guns N’ Roses shows — some of which will earn the band upwards of $3 million each, according to Billboard.
AC/DC headlined Coachella in 2015, a gig Johnson said at the time he was excited about because it “kind of takes you right back to the start, when you had to win over an audience.”