AC / DC starts its European tour with Axl Rose

AC/DC se produira pour la première fois avec Axl Rose au chant, en remplacement de Brian Johnson, lors de son concert à Lisbonne le 7 mai. Le groupe poursuivra sa route avec le musicien durant le reste de sa tournée européenne.

AC / DC will perform for the first time with Axl Rose on vocals, replacing Brian Johnson, during his concert in Lisbon May 7 The group will continue its way with the musician for the rest of his European tour Photo credits:. KEVIN WINTER / AFP

The Australian hard rock band launches this Saturday the start of his concert series in Europe, with a first date in Lisbon. He is joined by the leader of Guns N’Roses, replacing Brian Johnson.

The Portuguese public will have the favors of a capital date in the AC / DC history.  The pitched voice of the Guns N’Roses leader that will come replaced the singer of the training, Brian Johnson, private scene because of hearing problems.

The replacement was announced mid-April, taking fans by surprise. Doctors had warned the singer the month before he was risking deafness if he continued to go on stage, forcing AC / DC to postpone a series of concerts in the United States.

Axl Rose, 54, thus taking over the Passeio Maritimo Alges, a huge outdoor space along the Tagus estuary in the Portuguese capital, where 60,000 people are expected in the rain. He then bind him with the group the other eleven concerts scheduled in Europe.

A hard time for Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson “is a great singer, and it’s a real challenge” to sing for him. “I try to do him justice, for the fans,” he said in an interview broadcast Friday by the British radio BBC 6 Music. The musician insisted that it was he who offered to help. “I called the same day I read in the press that something was wrong with the hearing of Brian”

for Brian Johnson, who joined AC / DC in 1980, after the death of singer Bon Scott, his ousting of the group for this tour was a blow. “It was the blackest moment of my professional life,” he said in a message to his fans. Known for his sharp tone and performance making the vocal cords under pressure, the singer, aged 68, assured that he would continue to record in the studio.

His replacement appeared Thursday in a video alongside co-founder of AC / DC’s Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams, promising the Portuguese public “a big rock show.” The group repeated two weeks in Lisbon with its new singer. “It started quite well, and it got better. I hope to reach the end of the first concert before being fired, “he quipped in an interview with the British music weekly NME Friday.

The fans far be all convinced

The fans were far from all convinced. “Pay to see Axl Rose singing for two hours? No thank you! “Inveighed a user on the Facebook page of the organizer. “I’m a fan of AC / DC and AC / DC without Brian Johnson, it’s not the same thing,” added another. Portuguese developer has faced a wave of discontent (he did not encrypted), which it paid the ticket, as is also the case in other European dates.

But some asked to see: “Those who have made their ticket will blame”, prognosticated a fan, giving the singer of Guns N ‘Roses “benefit of doubt” “The first concert. Axl Rose as the singer of AC / DC in Portugal, fantastic! “wrote another fan.

New test to cross to AC / DC

the hearing problems of Brian Johnson is the latest of a series through which the group, which was just to revive after being separated from one of its founders, Malcolm Young, dementia victim. AC / DC had also had to spend historical drummer Phil Rudd, sentenced in July in New Zealand to death threats and possession of narcotics and arrest.

AC / DC was not clear on the replacement period of Axl Rose. Especially as Brian Johnson did not even excluded him back on stage if his hearing improves. After the European concerts, Axl Rose is nevertheless expected in North America to ensure the tour of Guns N ‘Roses.

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