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Axl Rose Makes AC/DC Debut in Lisbon


Axl Rose and Angus Young perform in Lisbon; Roger Sargent/Getty ImagesAC/DC‘s revamped lineup featuring Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose made its debut in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday, and despite protests from some of the band’s diehard fans, no one in the audience seemed to mind, according to Billboard.

Rose, nursing a broken foot, soldiered through the 22-song set perched on a custom-built rock & roll thrown similar to the one Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl used on their recent tour. It didn’t seem to bother Axl or the fans in attendance as he belted out AC/DC classics like “Back in Black,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” “Highway to Hell,” “Thunderstruck,” “High Voltage” and “Hells Bells.”

During the band’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” Rose replaced the line “American thighs” with “Portuguese thighs.”

Rose managed some banter in between songs, according to the music industry trade publication. During “Given the Dog a Bone”, there was a brief chant of “Axl! Axl!” from the crowd, to which Rose replied, “I know what you meant. You meant, ‘Angus!’ Angus!'”

After “Have a Drink on Me,” Rose joked, “I could use a drink. You are a very intimidating bunch.” He then introduced the group’s “Shot Down in Flames” as “a song they wrote about my life story.”

Rose took over vocal duties from longtime AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, who was told he’d risk serious hearing loss if he continued touring.

The tour continues with a show in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday.

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