AC/DC drummer Chris Slade recently spoke with fans on Facebook and was asked if the band intends to carry on once the current Rock Or Bust tour cycle is completed. Slade replied that guitarist and sole founding member Angus Young has no plans to call it a day after the tour is over, saying, “Angus is definitely NOT thinking of retiring.”
The band is currently on the road in Europe with Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses on lead vocals, following singer Brian Johnson’s departure last month after he was told by doctors he faced the loss of his hearing. When a fan said it was “sad” that Johnson could not tour, Slade responded, “Yes it is, we all miss him.”
When a fan criticized AC/DC for finishing the tour without Johnson, Slade said, “You are forgetting that Brian cannot do this, his health problems will not allow it.”
Rose is currently performing while seated in a chair onstage, as he recovers from a broken foot. Slade said, “We all lòok forward to Axl not requiring the chair anymore. Shouldn’t be too long now.” Rose has also indicated that he’s willing to continue with the group beyond the 22 shows he was initially recruited for.
Slade also wrote, “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the band in this form. Of course, everyone would like it to be Brian up there but unfortunately, due to his health problems, this is not possible. Axl is doing a wonderful job and the majority opinion now is that the band were right to finish the Rock Or Bust tour with him.”
Slade himself, who played with the group previously from 1990 to 1993, rejoined in February 2015 after longtime drummer Phil Rudd was arrested at his home in New Zealand for drug possession and threatening to kill.