Def Leppard guitarist isn’t a fan of the thought of an Axl Rose-led AC/DC album

All signs point to a new AC/DC album eventually being released with Axl Rose as the frontman, although not everyone thinks it would be the greatest idea.

One who feels AC/DC guitarist and band leader Angus Young should go on a different direction is Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, a self-professed fan of the band who thinks things aren’t the same without late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and the band’s other former members. Collen expressed his opinion during a recent interview with 96.9 The Eagle in Boise.

“I’m a huge AC/DC fan,” Collen said, per NME, “and if the whole band’s left or gone… Malcolm dead, obviously. [Former frontman] Brian Johnson got kicked out. [Bassist] Cliff Williams retired and [drummer] Phil Rudd got arrested. You’ve got one person, so it’s not really AC/DC. Maybe call it ‘A, WITH AXL ROSE.’ It kind of loses its appeal. It becomes karaoke; it becomes something else, and it’s lost its integrity, really.

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“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. I thought he was amazing, actually. Full power to him — he’s done really, really good stuff. 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.”

Rose took over for Johnson in 2016, after Johnson and the band parted ways. AC/DC biographer Murray Engleheart said in a February Facebook post the band plans on continuing to tour with Rose and will eventually record a new album as well. Time will tell what happens for sure, but the show seems to be going on with Rose in one way or another.

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