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  1. Awesome interview....Axl is full of surprises. Anyone finding the interviewer peculiar....that guy is billionaire Sir David Tang, he is not a professional journalist. He is the founder of the China Exchange (amongst other things). So maybe that explains why he is a bit bossy in his (own) house and asking some weird questions.
  2. Will Brian Be Allowed To Return ?

    As far as I understood the "news" about this, it is that this improved in ear monitor is no way finished and fully tested so I assume this "problem" between Axl and Brian may not show up anytime soon. So far all we know is that Brian tested this device in a laboratory and thought it was good and that he can`t wait for them to miniaturize it and use it. I wish all good to Brian but we do not know if his doctors will approve this device, if it actually works in the long term at his injury and how it can be used on stage at AC/DCs sound levels. So for this year I do believe AC/DC will stick with Axl. And if they should decide in a couple of years to produce another album with Brian who will be over 70 then, I am absolutely sure that Axl will in no way object.
  3. AXL/DC Düsseldorf Airport

    I do believe that will be a waste of time unless you can wait outside the executive terminal. Last year AC/DC was travelling in a A319 private jet, I doubt that has changed. Think you might have better chances to see them in front of the Breidenbacher Hof.
  4. 05/29/16 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade De Suisse

    Alright my quick review from the show. 1) Setlist: Rock or Bust Shoot to Thrill Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be Back in Black Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Rock 'n' Roll Damnation Thunderstruck High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll Train Hells Bells Given the Dog a Bone If You Want Blood (You've Got It) Sin City You Shook Me All Night Long Shot Down in Flames Have a Drink on Me T.N.T. Whole Lotta Rosie Let There Be Rock Encore: Highway to Hell Riff Raff For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) 2) Overall impression: It rained all day nonstop but the crowd was in a pretty good mood (for Switzerland). The sound was absolutely horrendous though(and much too loud in general)where I was standing (3meters from the end of the walk in stage); I assume a very bad mix and the acoustics of this square stadium did the job, also Axl`s michad quite some disturbances (he handled it pretty well). In the first part Axl was much too loud, almost painful. He really gave it all, but for example in Back in Black his voice was much too sharp in the mix and sometimes (not of often) he lost control of his voice when he was really pushing it. In the second part of the show his voice was almost too low in the mix. Generally his voice got better the later the evening and especially the Bon Scott songs were really really good. His voice got really close to that of Bon`s. Riff Raff, Rock n Roll damnation etc. were great.Also songs like "Have a drinkon me" or "if you want blood" were pretty good. The chair was gone for good, Axl was in a good mood, talkative and cracking jokes, dancing and moving all over the stage. His stage presence was immense, he used the walk-in stage much more than Angus. His presence gives AC/DC shows a brand new characterbecause now there is this competition between Angus and Axl. Brian always stood more or less in the back but with Axl it is a whole different story. The walking,moving and dancing all overthe stage did not really effect his singing as I had feared earlier. He still seemed to have a little bit of a cold though as he was blowing his nose several times. Both Axl and Angus did a good job, both not concerned about getting wet in the miserable weather. 3) Memorable moments: Axl introduced himself the band by the words: "Hi, my name is Axl and we are not the Carpenters". Then he showed some Schadenfreude when Angus had some guitar problems: "Boy, I am really happy that it is not me who is fucking up" and then to pass the time he went on to tell some jokeabout "3 guys walking in a bar...." he never finished the joke though but concluded " oh man I just chickened out". His remarks about the miserable weather: "somebody must have misunderstood something....we came here to bring youpain, not the rain." He seemsto get along with Stevie very well as he was on his side frequently trying to make him move a little more, that was rather funny. Also Axl imitated Angus Duck walk several times, I just really hope that thisdid not have a bad impact on his foot. His movements did not show any special care for his foot. It is pretty clear that Angus is the boss though, at one point he wiggled his finger at Axl to make the obligatory guitar run at the song`s endwith him together. 4) Third party impression: I did not hear or see any dissapointed fans; the reactions I heard around were pleased, the tenor was that Axl did a pretty good job.The paper`sreviews for this show have been pretty good: "1000% Hard Rock in the pouring rain, that was strong AXL/DC"http://www.blick.ch/people-tv/musik/1000-hardreock-im-stroemenden-regen-von-bern-das-war-stark-axl-dc-id5088921.html "AC/DC excite fans - despite rain and Axl Rose"......"Axl Rose showed as worthy replacement for Brian":http://www.20min.ch/entertainment/musik/story/AC-DC-rocken-in-Bern-25634750 "AC/DC at the Stade de Suisse: Axl Rose rocks himself into the heart of the fans"http://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/kultur/acdc-im-stade-de-suisse-axl-rose-rockt-sich-ins-herz-der-fans-130307523 "AC/DC at Stade de Suisse: Hard Rock in v 1.0"......"His chainsaw voice lasts. Yes one could say that his pitched high pressured singing catapults the band back a couple of decades to that time when the best of all AC/DC singers -the untamed Bon Scott - had abused his vocal strings for AC/DC.....One could actually say that now songs are rather sung now than croaked"http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/kultur/pop-und-jazz/ACDC-im-Stade-de-Suisse--Hardrock-in-der-Version-10/story/11777628
  5. 05/22/16 - Prague, Czech Republic - Letnany Airport

    touch too much was actually ok I thought, but you shook me all night long sounded pretty bad. Someone nail him back to the chair please
  6. Chris Slade: Rock Or Bust Is Not The End Of AC/CD

    Phil Rudd will definetely not come back, I do think that Youngs have made that very clear. Even Angus looks (close up) that he is ready for retirement, his words (during interviews) and his actions (during the shows) do not implicate that he does want to stop. And personally I think that is a good thing. AC/DC `s great songs are from a jurassic period, but their shows are not just any rock show, they bring together all generations and they are simply mega good times party events. The die hard fans will always complain, but as long as Axl does a good job ( in my opionion much better than Brian did in the past couple of years) they can tour until Angus rides to Rock n Roll Valhalla.
  7. Why did Brian Johnson stop being included in the songwriting?

    Brian himselfmentioned several times that he (song)writing did not come easy for him and therefore he left it to the Young brothers
  8. 05/13/16 - Marseille, France - Stade Velodrome

    so excited about seeing them....Axl seems to get even better in every show. Judging from the videos this is actually the best AC/DC has sounded in years.
  9. Interviews + Media reactions to AXL/DC, good and bad

    I don`t remember having read such great reviews about Axl in the past 10 years. Inthe German speaking mainstreammedia this on page 1 on all their internet publications and the reviews are really really good. Of course they make some shots about his weight and him sitting down, but every single review I read stated that Axl / DC is a great fit. I assume all the usual complainers that have been whining before that this will be a disaster for Axl and Guns will at least shut up now International news reactions in the Rolling Stone, Guardian and Billboard are pretty great too: https://www.rollingstone.de/presseschau-acdc-mit-axl-rose-in-lissabon-ein-triumph-axldc-1023479/ Germany: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/acdc-konzert-in-lissabon-axl-rose-die-kroete-im-rollstuhl-1.2984447 http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/acdc-konzert-axl-rose-gelungene-premiere-als-acdc-saenger-1.2984111-6 http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/pop/ac-dc-welttour-axl-rose-ueberzeugt-als-neuer-saenger-14221421.html https://www.rollingstone.de/acdc-mit-axl-rose-in-lissabon-die-fotos-und-die-besten-videos-1023525/ http://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt/infoline_nt/boulevard_nt/article155148342/Axl-Rose-erobert-skeptische-AC-DC-Fans-im-Sitzen.html http://www.bild.de/unterhaltung/musik/acdc/axl-rose-gibt-erstes-konzert-fuer-dieaustralische-hardrockband-45712248.bild.html Switzerland: http://www.20min.ch/entertainment/musik/story/Axl-Rose-heizt-erstmals-mit-AC-DC-ein-21909324 http://www.blick.ch/people-tv/ersatz-fuer-kranken-saenger-johnson-hier-heizt-axl-rose-mit-ac-dc-ein-im-sitzen-id5007517.html http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/glanz-und-gloria/axl-rose-rockt-ac-dc-fans-im-sitzen
  10. Is Axl the best frontman of all time?

    I would not say that is the best front man. If you look at the energy and passion on stageof a Bruce Springsteen or Angus Young (who I consider to be the frontman for AC/DC), Axl is not even close. But I do consider Axl to be the last real mega rockstar, in the same league as Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison or Mick Jagger (when the stones were still about rock n roll). His charisma, excentricity, erratic fits, attitude, the wildness in his younger years, the way he dresses...it does not get closer to thedefinition of being a rockstar. So greatest frontman no, but greatest still living rockstar.
  11. so why exactly is this quote an issue? Richard`s 16 years in the band are a fact.
  12. Axl Rose gifts personalized tour jackets

    Schwarzenegger and Stallone were also at Coachella during Guns gig, at least Arnie should have gotten this jacket too! But most likely it is has nothing to do with Axl giving out gifts, but belongs to the highly professional marketing campaing for this tour.
  13. Richard a bit overbearing?

    oh good, another one of these threads.... As the Frank, Melissa and now Richard bashing threads are already open Iwonder what is next? some suggestions: Axl Rose a bit too stiff on stage Slash`s hat is a little overwhelming Duff is too tall for the stage
  14. hard to tell....Guns is the better band for me for sure, even I like Maiden. Bruce indeed has a lot of energy and really works with and pushes the crowd, so he is pretty good as a frontman. However one has to consider that Maiden shows go only for about 90-100 minutes only and Guns is usually 2,5 hours. Also Axl on the other hand has a much more of charisma on stage and is like the prototype of a rockstar. Wonder how Bruce know sounds nowadaysafter his throat/tongue cancer therapy....
  15. Official: Axl will join AC/DC for stadium tour/US dates

    this whole discussion is so useless.... Didn`t Axl once say: "This ain`t Burger King, you can`t have it your way"..... all this "Axl should do this, Axl needs to do that, Guns should have done that, they need to do this to be big again...." It is what it is, and it is the biggest year for Guns in decades.Personally I think it is awesome that I at least get to see Axl in Europe this year. Really do not get the complaining, the Americans get the full Reunion tour AND Axl/DC shows and we Europeans at least get Axl/DC.