By Brian Ives
Roger Daltrey isn’t going to see AC/DC on their upcoming tour with Axl Rose on vocals. AC/DC’s longtime frontman, Brian Johnson, of course, was forced to leave the band due to health issues: specifically, he risked total hearing loss if he continued with the band.
“I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break,” said Daltrey in an interview with Canadian media (via NME).
Daltrey told the London Free Press that “I really feel badly for Brian. 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 continued. “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. What do you expect from Australians?”
Daltrey and the Who have been touring for years with only half of the original band: he and guitarist/singer Pete Townshend are still in the group, accompanied by other musicians. Founding drummer Keith Moon died in 1978, and bassist/singer John Entwistle died in 2002.