LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton has weighed in on AC/DC's decision to use Axl Rose as the the lead singer of the band's current tour, calling it "a logical move."
AC/DC postponed the last ten dates of its recent North American trek after doctors told Brian Johnson he faced a total loss of hearing if he did not stop touring immediately. AC/DC has since resumed its tour with the GUNS N' ROSES frontman as a "guest vocalist," with Johnson apparently not returning to the group.
Asked by The Rockpit for his thoughts on the Rose-AC/DC pairing, Morton said: "I always thought it kinda made sense to me. I've only seen a couple of clips of his performances, but the little bit I did see sounded like he was doing a great job. I'm sure it's a big thrill for him because I can't imagine that AC/DC isn't a big influence on him. I don't know Axl Rose, I don't know anyone in AC/DC, but it seems like a logical move to me if Brian Johnson couldn't do it."
Johnson said in an open letter to fans that he intends to solve his hearing problem and continue recording and touring, although he did not say whether he would be rejoining AC/DC.
The vocalist wrote: "My entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic."
Johnson had been AC/DC's frontman for 36 years, making his debut on the classic "Back In Black" album.