Def Leppard's Phil Collen Believes That AC/DC Isn't Really AC/DC Anymore

April 2, 2018

With the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd, the retirement of Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson leaving due to health issues and the recent death of founding member Malcom Young, AC/DC has seen one of the biggest lineup changes than nearly any other band in over forty years.

Although it's no surprise that band members come and go due to personal squabbles, drugs, alcohol, legal troubles, death, or just finding the right sound, AC/DC's situation is a bit different.

After Bon Scott's death in 1980, the mantle was handed over to vocalist Briah Johnson, who would go on to front AC/DC for the next 36 years. But after he became recognized as the new face of the band for so long, it was a humungous shock to everyone when it was announced that Johnson was stepping down from singing at live shows after the state of his hearing was in critical condition. Everyone thought AC/DC would be through after that, until Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped into the picture. Then AC/DC got back to touring and selling out stadium after stadium.

But given the turnover of members, with guitarist Angus Young being the last original member keeping the band going, it begs the question whether the current lineup of the band still makes them AC/DC?

That's how Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen seems to look at it. In an interview, Collen contemplates whether or not AC/DC's current lineup truly makes them AC/DC anymore. Athough he praises Axl Rose for taking on the singing duties, he describes it as almost AC/DC "karaoke" with Angus Young on guitar.

Meanwhile Young, who has the final say in the band's fate, is considering recording a new AC/DC album with Axl Rose on vocals.