Last week, the metal world was shocked to learn that Axl Rose might be replacing Brian Johnson as the frontman of AC/DC. With Guns ‘N Roses already reuniting, this leave’s Axl’s plate pretty full right now, while also raising the question of whether or not he would be a good fit with AC/DC’s sound. While the news was a bit shocking at first, now that we’ve had a moment to sit with it, it’s quite possible that Axl could be the perfect fit to fill Johnson’s shoes.
First of all, he’s taken on the band’s songs before. At a recent G ‘N R gig, he performed the AC/DC classic “Whole Lotta Rosie,” and turned in quite a convincing performance. While his high notes don’t resonate quite as strongly as they did in 1987, he still has the perfect voice to handle the wails that defined the vocals of both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. When you think of Axl’s trademark scream on tracks like “My Michelle” and “Paradise City,” it’s hardly a stretch to think he could handle “Let There Be Rock,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” just as well.