AC/DC Auditioned Four Other Singers To Replace Brian Johnson, Chris Slade Says

Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade gave an interesting detail about one of the band’s famous tours during his recent interview with Ultimate Guitar. The musician also stated that AC/DC auditioned four different vocalists after their frontman Brian Johnson had to step away from touring.

AC/DC dropped their sixteenth studio album, ‘Rock or Bust’ on November 28, 2014. The record received positive reviews and brought even more popularity and commercial success to the band members. It became known as their rhythm guitarist Stevie Young’s first album following Malcolm Young’s departure due to his health problems. Then, AC/DC decided to promote the album with a tour.

Rock or Bust World Tour kicked off in Indio on April 10, 2015, and ended on September 20, 2016, in Philadelphia. However, it turned into a series of unfortunate events because of the challenges they faced before and during the concerts. Malcolm Young’s retirement and Phil Rudd’s conviction caused many problems, and the last crisis occurred when their vocalist Johnson suffered hearing loss.

The doctors ordered him to stop touring for his recovery, so AC/DC needed a new vocalist for the rest of the tour. As the person who replaced Rudd, Slade revealed some details about the situation. He recalled not being able to understand what was happening initially and was surprised when Axl Rose joined them. The drummer revealed that the band auditioned four other singers without naming them but said they decided on the GN’R icon. Slade also added that he admired Axl’s performance and described it as fantastic.

Slade said in his interview that:

Yes, four other singers auditioned; some known and some unknown. Just as it was with the first audition with the band in 1989, I am sworn to secrecy about who those singers are. But when that all went down, I was told we would be having a sudden, unplanned day off, and I said, ‘Why do we have a day off tomorrow? What’s going on?’

They said, ‘Brian can’t perform. It’s Axl Rose tomorrow. We need today to get ready.’ ‘What? Axl Rose? You mean from Guns N’ Roses?’ ‘Yeah, that Axl Rose.’ So that’s how quick it was. I was told that day, and Axl turned up the next day. He came in, I shook his hand, he told a joke, and I thought, ‘This guy’s alright.’ When he started singing, it was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it. He sang his heart out, and it was fantastic.”

You can check out one of Rose’s performances below.