House Speaker Paul Ryan Thinks Axl Rose-Fronted AC/DC Is ‘Strange’
It's pretty well-covered ground that House Speaker Paul Ryan is a fan of bands like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. And in a recent interview with Politico, he offers his opinion on the latter group's newest lineup, the one fronted by Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose.
Ryan said he thinks it's "a little weird" that Rose is now singing for the Australian band. "The AC/DC voice is just so iconic, so known, it's strange," he said, adding that Brian Johnson, not Bon Scott, was the group's vocalist he grew up with.
"Now, Dirty Deeds, I have that album. … My kids love a couple of songs on that album," Ryan explained. "But the raspy voice of most of what people think of AC/DC -- 'Whole Lotta Rosie', 'It's a Long Way to the Top', all the Back in Black stuff -- that is not Axl Rose."
The Wisconsin Republican has a solution for Rose -- one he thinks will get the 54-year-old vocalist a little closer to the tones the older and raspier Johnson is best known for. "Has he put gravel in his voice?" he asked. "I mean, the question is, can he …? He's got more range in his voice. … If he smoked a couple of packs a day for the last 10 years, maybe he'd be better. And it [would] sound like AC/DC."
Johnson had to pull out of AC/DC's most recent tour a couple of months ago after doctors advised him he was in danger of losing his hearing. Rose was tapped to fill in for Johnson for the remaining European dates before he joins his own group onstage for a stadium tour with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, original GNR members who haven't played with Rose since the '90s. Rose will also join AC/DC later this year to help the band finish its run of U.S. shows.
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