When AC/DC announced their decision to potentially replace ailing Brian Johnson for the final 10 dates of their “Rock on Bust” tour, there was rampant speculation in seemingly infinite directions. Would AC/DC continue on? Could Johnson really go deaf if he continues to tour? Would his replacement be a permanent one? And, of course, who could possibly replace him?
Johnson’s been with AC/DC since shortly after Bon Scott died in 1980, and many more or less assumed that the “Rock or Bust” tour was a de facto farewell one, so why bother reinventing the wheel this late in their storied career?
Nevertheless, suggestions for Johnson’s replacement have run rampant. Everyone from Disturbed’s David Draiman and Joan Jett to Liam Gallagher and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker have been mentioned as candidates. Pre-Scott AC/DC vocalist Dave Evans and The Hives’ Pelle Almqvist have even volunteered their services for the coveted gig.
Now there’s another vocalist, Krokus’s Marc Storace—whose band has opened for AC/DC in the past and whom once declined an invitation to audition to replace the late Scott in 1980—that is showing interest. “It’s amazing after so many years that this situation comes up again,” Storace says. “It’s really, really incredible.” (See below for exclusive audio from his interview with BlastEcho)
“As far as it concerns me, obviously there’s my loyalty to Krokus, but the guys would understand if the offer came and I would certainly take it up this time and go for an audition,” Storace says. “Then it’s up to [AC/DC lead guitarist] Angus [Young] to decide,” he says. “For me, AC/DC is Angus Young—no offense to Brian Johnson. I think Brian Johnson did a magnificent job with his special unique kind of voice. But losing your hearing is not a nice thing. It’s like losing our eyesight for a musician.”
While Storace says no one from the AC/DC camp has reached out to him about the position, he does offer somewhat cryptically “I actually didn’t even have to call Sony [both AC/DC and Krokus are Sony artists],” he says. “They were already on the ball. This thing is not an easy thing to decide. I don’t know what’s happening and I don’t wanna ask. I’m concentrating on my life and if they decide it’s gonna be someone else I’ll continue with my life like I’ve always [done].”
Whether it’s Storace or someone else, the singer hopes AC/DC continue on with our without Johnson. “I think it would be sad if they packed up and I really don’t mind who their replacement is,” he says. “But I think Angus still has it in him and if he loves to do it he should go for it.”
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