Phil Lewis Names The Singer Who Would Sing Better Than Axl Rose With AC/DC
L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis expressed his ideas about Axl Rose replacing Brian Johnson for the previous AC/DC tour by highlighting that he knows a singer who could have done a better job than Rose in his recent appearance on Talk Louder Podcast.
AC/DC started their Rock or Bust World Tour to support their sixteenth studio album ‘Rock or Bust’ on April 10, 2015, in Indio and completed it on September 20, 2016, in Philadelphia. During the tour, AC/DC members had to deal with many line-up changes after their guitarist Malcolm Young retired and drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention. His nephew Stevie Young replaced Malcolm and Chris Slade was hired as the new drummer.
However, the problems didn’t end and the concert became serious of unfortunate events for AC/DC when the doctors warned their frontman Brian Johnson to stop performing for the rest of the tour since he was suffering from a hearing loss. Some of the concerts had to be canceled or rescheduled due to Johnson’s departure. Fortunately, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose temporarily replaced Johnson to help the band complete their Rock or Bust World Tour.
During a recent interview, Phil Lewis shared his opinions on Axl Rose’s performance saying that he’s a very talented singer and did a great job doing the tour. But apparently, Lewis had another candidate who could have sung better than him. His candidate was Dangerous Toys lead singer Jason McMaster. Lewis emphasized that McMaster would have performed a more remarkable show with AC/DC than Axl Rose.
Lewis stated in his interview that:
“Your voice is legendary. When Axl stood in for Brian in AC/DC, I was rooting for you. I think you would have done a much better job, personally. Axl is a singer’s singer. People that don’t sing don’t get it, because they think he sounds nasal and he has got that funny vibrato but he’s a singer’s singer. We’re talking, like, seven octaves.
He did that AC/DC stuff on his head; it was effortless for him. You can’t help feeling bad for old Brian puffing around up there. I’ve toured with him, and after about the third or fourth night, he’s hurting. It’s a tough gig for anyone, especially somebody at that age. Yeah, Axl just came in and nailed it but you could have done it too, though.”
You can watch the interview below.