GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose played his second show as the temporary frontman for AC/DC on Tuesday night (May 7) in Seville, Spain. The band delivered the same 22-song set at Estadio de La Cartuja that they presented in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 with Rose, who has stepped in as fill-in for regular vocalist Brian Johnson after the latter was forced off tour by hearing loss.
For the Seveille concert, Rose was once again confined to a throne after snapping his metatarsal bone while singing during GUNS N’ ROSES’ Troubadour reunion show on April 1. It is the same custom throne Dave Grohl used last year for FOO FIGHTERS concerts after breaking a leg.
The setlist for the Seville show:
01. Rock Or Bust
02. Shoot To Thrill
03. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
04. Back In Black
05. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
06. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
07. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
09. High Voltage
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Train
11. Hells Bells
12. Given The Dog A Bone
13. Sin City
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. Shot Down In Flames
16. Have A Drink On Me
18. Whole Lotta Rosie
19. Let There Be Rock
20. Highway To Hell
21. Riff Raff
22. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Rose told NME in a new interview that he didn’t speak with Johnson before temporarily replacing the latter as frontman for AC/DC, saying it was only because he didn’t have enough time. Rose explained: “I have not spoken with Brian. We haven’t spoken much about Brian. There hasn’t been any negative talk with the guys or anything — it’s just the time schedule of having to get things together for the shows, while I also had GUNS N’ ROSES commitments, and then breaking the foot.”
Rose took over the mic in AC/DC after Johnson was warned by doctors that he would face a total loss of his hearing if he stayed on the road. Rose is slated for now to play AC/DC‘s current run of European shows as well as ten postponed North American gigs.
Rose also spoke about his injured foot, saying: “The day I found out it was broken I left the hospital to rehearse. My only day off was the surgery day, and the next day was back to rehearsals.”
The singer said he had “about twenty rehearsals” with AC/DC, adding, “If I really screw up, they can blame me for that, because I did have good rehearsals.”
Rose reached out to AC/DC himself after hearing about Johnson’s misfortune. Guitarist Angus Young said: “A lot of people were putting people forward. You get a lot of people. The modern world being what it is, everyone’s, ‘Well, I can sing a song.'” AC/DC did audition at least two tribute band singers during their search.
Rose recently indicated that he’s willing to continue with AC/DC past the 22 shows he’s contracted for. He will have to take a break from them this summer, however, for his North American stadium run with GUNS N’ ROSES.
Angus talked about a possible AC/DC future with Johnson, saying: “[Brian] has to be very careful of what hearing he’s got left. This is what he told us. He was gutted about not finishing [the tour], because he says he would have loved to have gotten through. It was his call, what he wanted. He made that decision himself. He didn’t want to be deaf. And I perfectly understand that; when you stop doing this, you want to walk away with all your pieces! I don’t even want to leave without my fingernail!”