Roger Daltrey, lead singer of British rock legends The Who, has some sour thoughts about Axl Rose joining AC/DC. In fact, Daltrey likens the band's replacement of longtime vocalist Brian Johnson—who put an abrupt pause on AC/DC activities after developing significant hearing loss—to something of a sideshow.
In an interview with the London Free Press on Wednesday, April 20, Daltrey called Rose's induction to AC/DC a cruel bit of "karaoke," propagated by...a bunch of Australians?
Daltrey said, "I mean, I really feel badly for Brian," before launching into a minor tirade:
“It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he’s given that band over the years. I thought their farewell statement to the press and to Brian was fairly curt to say the least. I felt for him. That must have hurt. I’ve spoken to Brian. He’s got loads of other things he wants to do in his life. I think AC/DC will miss Brian much more than Brian will miss AC/DC. There you go.”
AC/DC's homeland plays a part in what Daltrey considers an irrational decision, apparently. The English singer told the magazine, “What do you expect from Australians?”
To Daltrey's credit, AC/DC's dismissal of Johnson, who served the band for 36 years as lead vocalist, was delivered to the public without much remorse. The band released a pretty dry statement earlier this month, saying they "wish him [Johnson] all the best." Johnson, for his part, admitted that he was "personally crushed" by the decision.
AC/DC continues their Rock or Bust Tour this summer with the very broken-footed Axl Rose on lead vocals.