AC/DC f***ed up: they shoulda hired Jimmy Barnes instead of Axl Rose


By Steve Newton

By now the rock world is fully abuzz with the official announcement from AC/DC that Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses will be the new singer for the rest of its Rock or Bust World Tour.

They could’ve done better, if you ask me.

I don’t think Axl Rose’s voice is close enough to Brian Johnson’s. It’s way too screechy. It’s great for Guns N’ Roses’ songs, but I don’t want to hear his high-pitched caterwauling on AC/DC gems like “Shoot to Thrill”. I want to hear someone with gritty, rough-hewn, masculine pipes.

I want to hear Jimmy freakin’ Barnes, who used to be in Cold Chisel!

He’s still got it!



12 responses to “AC/DC f***ed up: they shoulda hired Jimmy Barnes instead of Axl Rose

  1. Disagree! Its a little disconcerting how people make their own expectations so important for somebody else’s business. I do get how people can feel a little or a lot of proprietary connection to a band like ACDC. and I do understand how people can hold negative feelings towards Axel. I am not a huge fan of either group but I respect both. What I heard so far from Axel iN ACDC was good and doesn’t call for criticism.

    • Totally agree. He hasn’t done badly at all. And i’m sure Angus isn’t losing sleep over the fact that Steve Newton thinks otherwise. After all, who’s the professional musician here.

  2. I’ve seen a guy in a local band from Marietta ga out sing Brian while doing a sound check in a club in NYC Brian sat in without the big equipment and effects he sucked yeah I said it

  3. I would LOVE to see AC/DC go full circle! Get Dave Evans to lead them on the rest of the tour and then finish with dignity. The final concert, you could get every member ever to play with the band, to each make at least one appearance. I have nothing against Axl Rose. I love the Gunners music but I don’t see him as the answer. But who am I to second guess Angus? Let There be Rock!

    • Time to give Angus a shake. It’s not ACDC anymore. Stop bamboozling your fans. Just close the book and start the Angus chapter. But his handlers would never dare say that to him.

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