The union of AC/DC and Guns N' Roses' frontman Axl Rose was celebrated Saturday (April 16) during GNR's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, dressed in his trademark schoolboy outfit, joined GNR for a pair of his band's songs -- "Riff Raff" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" -- that GNR used to cover during its club days in Los Angeles. The guest appearance concurred with the formal announcement that Rose will be fronting AC/DC in place of Brian Johnson for a European tour starting May 7 in Portugal as well as for make-up dates for the 10 postponed North American shows, which will be announced at a later date.
...Meanwhile, a report has surfaced that before settling on Rose, AC/DC auditioned the singer of an AC/DC tribute band for the job of replacing Johnson.
Darren Caperna of the Dallas troupe Back In Black has confirmed that he and the band's guitarist Mike Mroz were flown to Atlanta for a four-hour audition through the standard 21-song set AC/DC has been playing on its Rock Or Bust World Tour.
In a statement Caperna said that, "It was all so surreal. We had a couple of breaks, and Angus told me some great Bon Scott stories. They were all so friendly and treated us as their peers. I still can't believe that I sang with AC/DC! Even though I did not get the job, it was the experience of a lifetime!"
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.