GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose played his third show as the temporary frontman for AC/DC on Friday night (May 13) in Marseille, France. The band’s set included the classic Bon Scott-era song “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”, which was performed live for the first time since October 2003.
For the Marseille concert, Rose was once again confined to a throne after snapping his metatarsal bone while singing during GUNS N’ ROSES‘ Troubadour reunion show on April 1. It is the same custom throne Dave Grohl used last year for FOO FIGHTERS concerts after breaking a leg.
The setlist for the Marseille show:
01. Rock Or Bust
02. Shoot To Thrill
03. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
04. Back In Black
05. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
06. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
07. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
09. High Voltage
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Train
11. Hells Bells
12. Given The Dog A Bone
13. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) (first live performance since October 21, 2003)
14. Sin City
15. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Shot Down In Flames
17. Have A Drink On Me
19. Whole Lotta Rosie
20. Let There Be Rock
21. Highway To Hell
22. Riff Raff
23. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Rose told NME in a new interview that he didn’t speak with Brian Johnson before temporarily replacing the latter as frontman for AC/DC, saying it was only because he didn’t have enough time. Rose explained: “I have not spoken with Brian. We haven’t spoken much about Brian. There hasn’t been any negative talk with the guys or anything — it’s just the time schedule of having to get things together for the shows, while I also had GUNS N’ ROSES commitments, and then breaking the foot.”
Rose took over the mic in AC/DC after Johnson was warned by doctors that he would face a total loss of his hearing if he stayed on the road. Rose is slated for now to play AC/DC’s current run of European shows as well as ten postponed North American gigs.
Rose also spoke about his injured foot, saying: “The day I found out it was broken I left the hospital to rehearse. My only day off was the surgery day, and the next day was back to rehearsals.”
The singer said he had “about twenty rehearsals” with AC/DC, adding, “If I really screw up, they can blame me for that, because I did have good rehearsals.”
Rose reached out to AC/DC himself after hearing about Johnson’s misfortune. Guitarist Angus Young said: “A lot of people were putting people forward. You get a lot of people. The modern world being what it is, everyone’s, ‘Well, I can sing a song.'” AC/DC did audition at least two tribute band singers during their search.
Rose recently indicated that he’s willing to continue with AC/DC past the 22 shows he’s contracted for. He will have to take a break from them this summer, however, for his North American stadium run with GUNS N’ ROSES.