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AC/DC Should Not Record With Axl Rose, Says Def Leppard Guitarist

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At least one AC/DC fan is against the idea of the band making a new studio album with Axl Rose on lead vocals. Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen told Boise, Idaho radio station 96.9 The Eagle that AC/DC leader Angus Young should resist the notion of recording new material with the Guns N’ Roses singer, explaining, “I’m a huge AC/DC fan, and if the whole band’s left or gone . . . Malcolm Young, guitarist) dead, obviously. (Vocalist) Brian Johnson got kicked out. (Bassist) Cliff Williams retired and (drummer) Phil Rudd got arrested. You’ve got one person (left), so it’s not really AC/DC . . . It kind of loses its appeal. It becomes karaoke; it becomes something else, and it’s lost its integrity, really.”

Axl Rose handled vocals for AC/DC on European and North America legs of its last tour, after Johnson was forced to leave the road due to serious hearing issues. There has since been speculation that Angus would keep the group going with Axl on vocals.

Collen continued, “I wouldn’t do that, personally, if I was Angus. I thought Axl Rose (did) a great job, by the way. I thought he (did) amazing when he stood in for Brian Johnson . . . But I think as a band, if he was gonna do an album, it may sound good, but it’s not really the band anymore.”

The Rock Or Bust tour cycle did see every remaining member of the band’s classic Back In Black lineup leave the fold. Malcolm Young was forced to leave earlier due to his battle with dementia and passed away last year. Rudd’s arrest led to his dismissal before the trek started, while Williams announced his retirement at its end.

While Angus has not publicly said whether or not the band will carry on, singer Angry Anderson of veteran Australian act Rose Tattoo said in a recent interview that Angus told him he was making a new LP with Axl on vocals.

It is unknown whether Angus will keep the other members of the last touring lineup — including guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade — or revamp the roster again.

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