However, that’s when Rose stepped in to offer his services to help the band complete the tour. AC/DC co-founder Angus Young admits they were a bit apprehensive about the union to start with, because of his reputation, but quickly learned Rose is a man of his word and arrived promptly for every appointment, rehearsal, and live show on the schedule.
“We had to cancel the rest of the tour with no idea what would happen next, but we were lucky enough that Axl Rose stepped in to help us out. It wasn’t planned like that – he got in touch and we’ll be forever thankful and grateful he did it,” Young said. “He was very respectful. If we were there to do the show, he was there, and he was there at the same time as us, ready to go.”
It’s impossible to mention Rose without talking about the band that made him famous, Guns’ N Roses. The American hard rock band shot to fame in 1987 with the release of debut album Appetite for Destruction, which sold around 30 million copies and to this remains America’s bestselling debut album.
Off the back of this success, Rose began enjoying all the perks that came with fame and fortune and developed somewhat of a bad-boy reputation in the music industry. However, the continued global success of the band and its brand has always suggested there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Axl Rose and Young’s comments certainly confirm that belief.
The music drives their success, but they have branched out into several industries to leverage that fame to create additional revenue streams and keep their music in the public consciousness, especially when it comes to gaming and sports.
After the success of their first pinball machine in 1994, the band recently announced they are working on a second game with company Jersey Jack Pinball, and there is even a Guns N’ Roses slot found on sites featured on the best online casinos list, such as 888casino. The band’s music has been featured in some of the biggest game titles from Grand Theft Auto to Burnout Paradise and fans can even try their hand at replicating the music in Rock Band 2. Several sports teams around the world have adopted the song “Welcome to the Jungle” as an introduction track played to the opposition team as they take the field.
While Rose’s fateful encounter with AC/DC happened four years ago in 2016, his impact on the band is still resonating to this day. The recently released album Power Up, produced by Brendan O’Brien, heavily features the Guns’ N Roses frontman as they record a lot of it while Johnson was still recovering.
Despite this, Young confirmed that Rose would not be permanently joining AC/DC because he “has his own life” and Johnson made a miraculous recovery to return to the band in October this year.