NEW YORK (AFP) – Axl Rose is already generating excitement over a Guns Nâ€™ Roses reunion, but a report says he has another project that could thrill even more fans — fronting AC/DC.
The Australian heavy metal veterans halted a tour this month and said they would likely hire a guest vocalist as 68-year-old frontman Brian Johnson was at risk of completely losing his hearing if he kept performing.
A radio host in Atlanta, where AC/DC stopped its tour, said that he had spotted Rose in the city and that he was practicing with the band.
â€œItâ€™s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining showsâ€ in the United States, host Jason Bailey said on his show on rock station WNNX.
Representatives for Rose and AC/DC did not immediately comment on Thursday.
Rose, with his high-pitched but wide-ranging voice and emotional passion, led Guns Nâ€™ Roses as the heavy metal band became a global but short-lived sensation after its 1987 debut album â€œAppetite for Destruction.â€
The band will reunite for the first time since 1993 with its original lineup — including guitarist Slash, who frequently clashed with Rose — next month for the Coachella festival in California and several other shows.
Johnson, known for his punishingly harsh vocal style, has reportedly voiced dismay at his swift departure from AC/DC.
US comedian and radio host Jim Breuer recently said he met with Johnson who felt â€œkicked to the curbâ€ by his bandmates as he believed his hearing issues were not as serious as announced.
Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980 after singer Bon Scott died following a night of heavy drinking.
His first work with the band, â€œBack in Black,â€ remains one of the top-selling albums of all time.