Seems like everyone has an opinion on whether Axl Rose should or shouldn’t join the AC/DC team. Now guitarist Steve Vai has weighed in with his thoughts.
Vai was asked in a recent interview with Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” as to whether Angus Young and AC/DC should record a new album with Rose on vocals. Vai said, “it would be fantastic.” In Vai’s opinion, AC/DC “can’t make any mistakes.” The video with Vai can be seen below.
With the passing of co-founder Malcolm Young, the departures of long-time singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams, the last few years have been traumatic for AC/DC. Still, the band soldered on with their “Rock or Bust” tour, with Rose stepping into Johnson’s lead vocalist role. By all accounts, Rose defied the pundits and performed well.
It was singer Angry Anderson of the Australian act Rose Tattoo who said in a recent interview that Young told him he is at work on new AC/DC music, and intends to have Rose sing on the LP. This possibility hasn’t sat well with a few people, including Def Leppard’s guitarist Phil Collen and vocalist Joe Elliott. Collen said, “I’m a huge AC/DC fan, and if the whole band’s left or gone… it’s not really AC/DC… It kind of loses its appeal.”
While Young has not made any official public statement as to whether he will continue the band, Vai supports the choice of Rose as lead vocalist: “I think that’d be fantastic. I mean, AC/DC can’t make any mistakes; they’re perfect, and Axl is one of the quintessential frontmen, and he’s also an incredible singer.”
Rose is still touring with Guns N’ Roses, but has acknowledged that he’d be willing to work with AC/DC again.