The Who’s Roger Daltrey: AC/DC With Axl Rose Is Like Watching Karaoke
With Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose officially tapped by AC/DC as Brian Johnson's replacement, the news has caused a divide in fans and musicians alike. Alice Cooper has stated Rose's voice is "absolutely perfect" for the band, but the Who's Roger Daltrey has a differing opinion.
Daltrey stands as one of rock's greatest frontmen and has also been a longtime friend of Brian Johnson who had fronted AC/DC since 1980. Johnson has been sidelined as he is at risk of total hearing loss if he continues to tour with the band as AC/DC have seemingly moved on without much consternation. "I mean I really feel badly for Brian," began Daltrey in an interview with Postmedia Network." It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he’s given that band over the years. I thought their farewell statement to the press and to Brian was fairly curt to say the least. I felt for him. That must have hurt."
The statement from AC/DC that Daltrey is referring to was concise, thanking Johnson for his contributions and wishing him well in the future. Johnson, in turn, released a lengthy statement of his own, detailing his hearing issues, thanking the fans and revealing he is still able to work on music in the studio. Daltrey echoed these notions when saying, "I’ve spoken to Brian. He’s got loads of other things he wants to do in his life. I think AC/DC will miss Brian much more than Brian will miss AC/DC. There you go. What do you expect from Australians? (laughs) ... And he’s such a lovely guy, Brian. I’ve known him for 40 odd years, more."
In closing, the Who frontman shared his opinion on Rose fronting the powerhouse rock outfit, stating, "I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break. (Laughs)."
The world got their first taste of what Rose's voice sounds like over AC/DC's timeless brand of rock when Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses onstage at Coachella. Together, they played the classics "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff."
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