AC/DC’s Angus Young Hasn’t Written Music With Axl Rose

Angus Young clarified that he hasn’t written new music with Axl Rose.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman temporarily joined as AC/DC‘s live singer in 2016 after Brian Johnson‘s hearing issues forced him to exit the remaining dates of their Rock or Bust World Tour. But despite a few vague hints suggesting Rose and Young might link up on some songs, the guitarist confirmed to Rolling Stone that no collaboration occurred.

“Nothing really came out solid,” Young said. “I know that he has a lot of things he’s involved in. I don’t even know if you would say it was music. But he had a lot of things that he was involved in.”

Asked directly if they wrote any tracks, he added, “No, no. That never happened.”

In a June 2016 Q&A session in London, Rose enthused about working with Young, and his comments led to wide fan speculation.

“I feel protective; I feel I do not want to let this guy down – more than almost anybody I’ve ever known – and I don’t know why,” the singer said. “And he’s very responsive to me. And they said they hadn’t seen him this happy, they hadn’t seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he’s playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that’s kind of a neat thing between musicians.”

Even if the duo never wrote any songs, Rose was instrumental in keeping AC/DC moving forward during a tough time — and four years after his live assist, the band (with Johnson) released their 17th studio LP, Power Up.

“Axl Rose contacted us [about filling in onstage],” Young told Rolling Stone. “I’ll be forever grateful for him for doing that. He was very pro about doing it. He really gave a great performance.”

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Axl Rose Sent Dave Grohl a Guitar to Thank Him for ‘Throne’ Use

Dave Grohl was onto something when he had a throne created to help the singer tour after breaking his leg. That throne paid huge benefits including a very special gift that the Foo Fighters leader treasures that was sent to him by Axl Rose after Rose borrowed the throne after suffering a foot injury.

Fans may remember that Grohl’s performance throne ended up being a part of the early days of GN’R‘s “Not in This Lifetime” tour after Rose injured his foot at the opening show of the trek at the Troubadour. It also followed Rose when he joined AC/DC to help them continue their “Rock or Bust” tour.

Reflecting on how that came to be, Grohl told Classic Rock magazine that it was Duff McKagan who initially reached out on Rose’s behalf. “Axl took it out with Guns N’ Roses, then he took it out with AC/DC, and then all of a sudden I became the guy you come to if you break a limb on tour, like Thrones R Us,’ Grohl recalls.

The gesture was definitely acknowledged by Rose as Grohl reveals in the chat that a rather stellar guitar was sent to him as a thank you. “He had Slash go pick me a guitar,” Grohl reveals. “And he picked me an early-’60s Gibson ES 335 Dot, which to this day is the nicest fucking guitar I have ever played in my life,” says Grohl. “It was an incredibly kind and classy gesture, and I was very appreciative.”

Rose wasn’t the only beneficiary of Grohl’s throne as the Foo Fighters leader also lent it to Matthew Ramsey of the country outfit Old Dominion for a period in 2019. Ramsey stated at the time, “I’m sure Dave didn’t know that when he created this thing, everyone would want to use it. But, it has been an honor to sit on, and more importantly, it’s allowing us to keep the show on the road. Our fans are truly grateful. We owe him big for that.”

The throne was also prominently featured as a photo opportunity piece at Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam concerts in California during their successive years of operation, so Grohl has gotten quite a bit of mileage out of the creation.

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AC/DC Continuing With Axl Rose ‘Never Really Came Up’

Angus Young said the idea of AC/DC continuing with Axl Rose after the Rock or Bust tour “never really came up.” The Guns N’ Roses singer was brought in after Brian Johnson’s hearing problems forced him off the road in 2016. When the tour was completed, rumors began circulating that Rose would remain a member of the band.

In a new interview with Total Guitar, Young said “that never really came up. Axl was really very generous, and he helped us out to get through our touring side at a difficult spot. He had contacted us and said he could help if it didn’t interfere with his own commitments of what he was going. … He wanted to come in and try songs that he himself liked, and he was suggesting songs I hadn’t played in a long time. I’m definitely grateful that he volunteered, and that had helped us finish off our commitment. But he has his own life.”

At the tour’s completion, Young and his nephew Stevie were the only remaining members of the band who’d started the Rock or Bust project: In addition to Johnson’s departure, bassist Cliff Williams retired and drummer Phil Rudd was replaced after some legal issues.

“At that point, you’re at the great unknown,” Young explained. “We didn’t know what would happen. You’re in a bit of a case of limbo. But at the time you just go, ‘I’m committed to getting through this, and then after that I’ll concentrate on what comes.”

The three members all returned for the band’s new album Power Up, which will be released on Nov. 13. With touring possibilities still up in the air, Young reflected: “I’ve been doing this most of my life, since I was in my teens. So it’s very hard to think of something other than when it comes to making music. I’ve always said if I do anything music-wise, I can only do it the AC/DC way. Even if I wasn’t in AC/DC, I think it would probably still sound like AC/DC.”

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