The Who’s Roger Daltrey Isn’t Sold On The Whole Axl Rose Fronting AC/DC Thing

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How is the era of Axl/DC treating you? That thing that sounded like a fever dream plucked from a Use Your Illusion period video is still very much happening and we’ve even been treated to sampler of what’s in store courtesy of Guns N’ Roses + surprises! at Coachella. “DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE? YOU’RE IN AN UNLIKELY SCENARIO, BABY!” is something Axl Rose could wail if he’s in need of some free screaming banter.

There’s a healthy population of fans that are fascinated by the prospect of Axl Rose fronting AC/DC for the remainder of their Rock or Bust tour, but one rock legend isn’t feeling this combo lineup. The Who, who know a thing or two about lineup adjustments, are getting back into the live show groove at the end of this month and frontman Roger Daltrey didn’t shy away from a question asking for his thoughts on Axl’s much debated non-GNR adventure.

Speaking with the London Free Press, Daltrey expressed disappointment with how the band’s been treating vocalist Brian Johnson. (Johnson shared his own feelings on the matter in a recent letter.)

“I mean I really feel badly for Brian. 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. 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 as for his interest level in seeing the Axl Rose edition of the “Back In Black” rock outfit?

“I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break. (Laughs).”

To be fair, some people might find the prospect of karaoke with Axl Rose to be a bigger get than working with AC/DC. Imagine if he took Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” for a spin! Make it happen, recording industry!

Circling back to Daltrey, he’ll be keeping busy with the continuation of The Who Hits 50! tour which will wrap up in Europe this summer. Like practically all Who tours of a certain vintage, this trek has rumblings attached to it that it might the band’s last. Mind you, they might also be on the bill of the rumored mega-festival Goldenvoice is attempting that would have Dylan, McCartney and the Rolling Stones aboard too.