Choirboys frontman Mark Gable says Axl Rose is a great choice to replace Brian Johnson as the lead singer for AC/DC but it will be a “s*** fight” backstage.

Gable has no respect for Rose after reading the autobiography of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who didn’t speak to the Gunners lead singer for some two decades.

Among the reasons for the fall-out, as Slash explained in his 2007 autobiography, was that Rose wanted band members to sign contracts that made them “hired hands”.

Another reason was that Rose continually took to the stage hours late.

Gable said he has seen Rose perform Whole Lotta Rosie with AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and it was well worth the price of admission.

“I saw Axl with Angus doing a Whole Lotta Rosie but apparently Axle has always had that in the Guns `N’ Roses set,” Gable told AAP.

“I really liked his voice and Brian Johnson never sang it that well and I hate Axl Rose.”


“It’s going to a shit fight backstage, but onstage he’s going to be fine.”

Johnson has been forced to retire from performing live after being told he risked “total deafness”.

“Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC,” Johnson said in a statement on his website.

Johnson will continue to record in studios and is “hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances.”

Gable, who wrote and still performs Aussie pub rock anthems Boys Will Be Boys and Run To Paradise, believes Slash’ thoughts and reports about Rose’s antics, over the years, says it all.

He wonders if Young is prepared for Rose’s churlish and erratic behaviour.


“He’s a dick and that’s why Slash left the band. I read Slash’s biography because he couldn’t stand going on stage late because Axle is obsessed with himself,” Gable said.

“He is one of the most self-obsessed people on the planet so it will be very interesting to see what happens,” he said.

“I think Axl is going to sing it great and that’s all it counts (for the fans).

“They’ve got somebody controversial, wise move.”

Gable’s Run To Paradise features on a recently released four disc CD, The Glory Days Of Aussie Pup Rock Vol 1, it encapsulates one of the greatest eras in pub rock history.



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