AC/DC – Any New Singer Now Would Make The Band DC/AC

ACDC - Classic Band Logo - #10014

Let’s skip over all the he said/she said baloney and get right to the Metal point here. A new lead singer for AC/DC, at this stage of the game, would be nonsense. Give me a fu*%ing break, please. Back when the legendary Bon Scott passed away and Brian Johnson came on board, the band was young, dynamic and had decades ahead of them to take over the world; as they eventually did. Back in 1980, the Hard Rock world was still evolving by the day, where now Hard Rock has stalled with creativity like a 1972 Ford Pinto.

Without the great Brian Johnson on the mic, AC/DC is over, Angus Young, whether you want to admit it or not. Guest vocalist doesn’t cut it here; it would still be a new vocalist whether we all like it or not. There comes a time in life when you realize it’s over and even Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter figured that out. It is what it is and AC/DC pretty much was.

ACDC - Back In Black - promo album cover pic - #1980

Drummer Phil Rudd got himself in hefty legal trouble and is no longer with the band, while Malcolm Young has health issues and is no longer with the band too. To top it all off with a brand new singer, AC/DC would just become DC/AC. Sure, there was Van Halen having Sammy Hagar step in; only any fan knows that band was really Van Hagar. Van Halen III was an anomaly and (good guy) Gary Cherone is certainly not at fault for that. Queen has proven to me that they are just a super all-star band without the iconic Freddie Mercury. Brian May couldn’t leave well enough alone, in my Metal opinion.

I absolutely love Queensrÿche and when super-talented Todd La Torre replaced the enigmatic Geoff Tate I was stunned. Still, that lead singer change made perfect sense (IMO) due to the surrounding circumstances of that time and Queensrÿche is not Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Who or The Rolling Stones either. Queensrÿche have more than paid their dues and are back stronger than ever. Again, it was different circumstances. A new lead singer for AC/DC in 2016 would equate to the New York Yankees moving to Nebraska. It’s just not a good idea at all.

ACDC - For Those About To Rock We Salute You - promo cover pic - #1981BJAY

I could go on and on with comparisons of world-famous bands changing lead singers; only it would not change my mind about AC/DC saying adios to Brian Johnson. I have my incredible memories of seeing AC/DC live and own their entire (U.S.) discography. I grew up with AC/DC and this band’s music has done wonders for me, through thick and thin! I am not about to embrace an AC/DC Part III now, even if the lead singer were to be someone famous and that I respect dearly. In the end, a new/guest singer for AC/DC would make this iconic band into a revival band of themselves. How do you feel about this? Leave a comment or a rant. Get it off your Metal chest. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone





27 Responses to “AC/DC – Any New Singer Now Would Make The Band DC/AC”

  1. Agreed, my man. It’s a shame that this is happening. I personally don’t have a problem with AC/DC using a different singer or singers to finish off their final tour dates so they don’t have to cancel those shows permanently. But continuing AC/DC with a singer beyond this would be wrong. They have had three singers (don’t forget Evans!) and nobody wants a new one. However if Angus did continue as a solo artist he would have tremendous success.

    Long live AC/DC.

    • Great points, Mike. If I had a ticket to see AC/DC on one of the re-scheduled shows, I’d want my money refunded. I still do not even agree with a singer change for the remaining shows.

      I mean, it just would not be the same, Mike! It would be like bringing Blaze Bayley back to Iron Maiden to finish off their remaining 2016 tour dates. IMO. \m/\m/

      • Lol! Yeah and I agree – if a fan bought a ticket to see Brian Johnson they have a right to a refund! Good one about Blaze! I would not wanna see that.

  2. I have mixed feelings about this. Brian has had a good run, but he’s not taken care of his voice and the band has needed to tune its instruments down to help him out. What’s wrong with getting a new singer if the intention is to make new music? My understanding is that is exactly what AC/DC wants to do. A new singer with a fresh perspective can maybe get some inspiration for Angus to get out and play. After all, it’s all about the love of music – they don’t need the money.

    • Thank you David for your take on this, it’s much appreciated!

      I’d go along with that idea of the band continuing onward without Brian Johnson, only rename the band as “AC/DC All-Star Salute Featuring Angus Young”. Plus the ticket holders for the cancelled U.S. dates should have the choice of requesting a refund; after all, these fans paid to see Brian Johnson and not a guest vocalist.

      I have no problem with Angus wanting to continue on making new music; only he should realize not everyone is going to embrace his new guest vocalist(s) under the AC/DC banner. It’s like the Rolling Stones wanting to continue on without Mick Jagger as The Rolling Stones. IMO.

      • An Angus solos album with a superstar cast, a-la Santana, would sell a bajillion copies. That’s how I would like to see him release new music.

        It’s like Van Halen — who the hell wants singer #4? Nobody.

    • I get what you’re saying, but virtually every single classic rock band with the old singers has to lower the key. Def Leppard, I think, do not. I might be wrong.

  3. This just reeks bad business…..tarnish a career that had been gold until now!

  4. First time hearing of any of this. Sometimes artists just hang on too long. Maybe they should retire AC/DC and leave their amazing work for us to still enjoy. Then maybe Angus could start a new band that plays occasional AC/DC songs along with new material. Wouldn’t tarnish the legacy at all.

  5. I don’t think I can say it any better that what has already been said here. I have to go along with the majority consensus here. Without Brian Johnson or Malcolm Young, calling the band AC/DC would not do the band justice. Young, Young and Johnson were the principal song writers as well. If Angus Young takes stock what has been written here and changes the name, I just hope he doesn’t do something stupid like call the band AC/DC Featuring Angus Young.

  6. Bob Stinson Says:

    You know the bottom line is Angus Young is AC/DC and the band has continued thru to this day because he is a musician for life and that’s what keeps him going. Who being it to tell him that he can’t do what he loves anymore under what ever moniker he so desires. If AC/DC continues and you don’t want to go see them so be it. But all you arm chair quarterbacks need to leave what is best for Angus for Angus to decide.

    • I cannot have an opinion? Sorry, it’s MY blog. If Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reformed the band with 2 new guitarists would it still be the Beatles?

      And… I am not an “armchair quarterback”… thank you very much.

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