ATLANTA -- Atlanta has played an important role in Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose’s busy year.
Just weeks after announcing a much-anticipated tour that would put Rose on the stage with Slash for the first time in decades, the Guns N’ Roses frontman stepped into another one of the biggest bands in the world.
After hearing that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson had to pull out of the group’s world tour due to hearing problems, Rose contacted production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth – who also works with the Australian band – and threw his name in the hat as a replacement.
Skjerseth connected Rose with AC/DC, who happened to be in Atlanta at the time. Rose flew into Atlanta for an audition, and eventually performed with the group in a European tour that concluded just weeks before GNR embarked on their stadium trek.
Rose returns to Atlanta with Guns N’ Roses for a show at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday. Then he’ll be back with AC/DC September 1 at Philips Arena.
By all accounts, Rose has mellowed out quite a bit since the band's early days. During a show at the Omni back in 1987, Rose was reportedly detained by police after leaping into the crowd and punching a security guard. He later pled guilty to assault and paid a fine, Rolling Stone reports. He wouldn't return until 2011.
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