GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose played his fifth show as the temporary frontman for AC/DC on Thursday night (May 19) in Vienna, Austria. For the Vienna concert, Rose was only partly confined to the chair he’s been seated on ever since breaking his foot during a surprise GUNS club show in April 1 in Los Angeles.
Likewise, while the singer remained seated throughout most of AC/DC‘s May 16 show in Belgium, he rose at one point to stalk the stage with a bulky boot cast still in place around the lower half of his left leg. During the encore, the singer stood up again to sing “Highway To Hell”.
The setlist for the Vienna show:
01. Rock Or Bust
02. Shoot To Thrill
03. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
04. Back In Black
05. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
06. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
07. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
09. High Voltage
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Train
11. Hells Bells
12. Givin’ The Dog A Bone
13. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
14. Sin City
15. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Shot Down In Flames
17. Have A Drink On Me
19. Whole Lotta Rosie
20. Let There Be Rock
21. Highway To Hell
22. Riff Raff
23. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Rose told photographers back in late April that he would be wearing the cast for “a couple of weeks” longer. Although that was a month ago, he is clearly becoming more mobile at each show.
Rose sustained the injury at the first GUNS N’ ROSES show featuring the partially reunited original lineup, who will also head out on a summer stadium trek beginning June 23 in Detroit.
He took over the mic in AC/DC after singer Brian Johnson was warned by doctors that he would face a total loss of his hearing if he stayed on the road. Rose is slated for now to play AC/DC‘s current run of European shows as well as ten postponed North American gigs.
Rose told NME in a new interview that he didn’t speak with Johnson before temporarily replacing the latter, saying it was only because he didn’t have enough time. Rose explained: “I have not spoken with Brian. We haven’t spoken much about Brian. There hasn’t been any negative talk with the guys or anything — it’s just the time schedule of having to get things together for the shows, while I also had GUNS N’ ROSES commitments, and then breaking the foot.”
Rose reached out to AC/DC himself after hearing about Johnson‘s misfortune. Guitarist Angus Young said: “A lot of people were putting people forward. You get a lot of people. The modern world being what it is, everyone’s, ‘Well, I can sing a song.'” AC/DC did audition at least two tribute band singers during their search.
Rose recently indicated that he’s willing to continue with AC/DC past the 22 shows he’s contracted for.