The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist Offers to Sing for AC/DC
Earlier this week, AC/DC revealed that they were postponing the remaining dates on their current U.S. tour. Doctors ordered frontman Brian Johnson to stop touring or risk total hearing loss, and it was suggested that when the band does make up the lost dates, they might do so with a guest vocalist.
The charismatic Hives vocalist reached out to the band in a Facebook posting, first sharing his concern for frontman Brian Johnson, then offering his services if the band had an interest.
"Very sad to hear Brian Johnson can´t do a bunch of AC/DC shows due to health problems. That man is a legend. I would like offer my sincerest well wishes and get wells," says Almqvist. "And if any help is needed I put my foot forward and say: HERE I AM! I have many many years of experience rocking the world's biggest stages and according to others I am the greatest frontman in rock, plus judging from the reaction in Australia your crowd already seems to really like me. Plus, I have already been singing those songs since I was 6 years old" The rocker then encouraged fans to spread the word, stating, "So #ACDC please consider my application! Feel free to spread the word fans! #HPAforACDC"
As the live wire frontman for The Hives, Almqvist has sang on a number of garage rock anthems like "Hate to Say I Told You So," "Walk Idiot Walk" and "Tick Tick Boom" over the years. And the bravado and confidence he displays onstage would appear to fit well with AC/DC's catalog. For the uninitiated, watch the Hives' "Hate to Say I Told You So" below.
Earlier this week, former AC/DC frontman Dave Evans also offered his services, suggesting he'd be open to returning. But even with Evans and Almqvist publicly stating their interest in filling in, AC/DC have not commented on how they plan to complete the postponed dates.
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