Former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera has weighed in on the strange situation regarding AC/DC and singer Brian Johnson. The legendary Australian rock band postponed the last ten dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced “total hearing loss.” AC/DC has since announced that it will use GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist” for all remaining shows this year, with Johnson apparently not returning to the band at all.
Asked by Metal Wani’s William Richards for his opinion about the Axl–AC/DC pairing, Max said: “I don’t know… It sucks, I think. I like AC/DC, man. They always were outlaws back in Australia. We used to watch ‘Let There Be Rock’, the movie, as kids in Brazil, and I remember [seeing an] AC/DC album [where they] had jail tattoos and shit. Bon Scott was badass, Brian Johnson was badass. But I don’t think Axl really fits AC/DC. AC/DC is more, like, yeah, outlaws, and I don’t think Axl is too much of an outlaw to fit in. But I don’t know… It’s not my band. I don’t call the shots.”
According to a Billboard.com source, Rose initially met with AC/DC members in Miami and Atlanta back in March. It was then that the decision was made to have Rose join AC/DC on tour. There was also talk of having other singers alternate with Rose, including ex-SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach and Nic Cester of the Australian band JET.
Rose made his live debut with AC/DC on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal, and by all accounts delivered a triumphant vocal performance as fill-in for Johnson even if he was still confined to a chair onstage due to the broken foot he suffered during a GUNS show last month.