It was officially announced this past weekend that Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose would join AC/DC on their “Rock or Bust” tour, taking the place of Brian Johnson, who just retired due to hearing issues.
It was also announced that “Oldchella” would be taking over the Polo Grounds in Coachella Valley with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters headlining a three day festival for the 50+ generation who are tired of the younger generation and their loud EDM music. “Turn it down! That beat is never going to drop!”
2016 has been pretty depressing in terms of realizing our rock stars are not immortal. Not only has the number of deaths this past four months been a little hard to take, Axl Rose now has to perform sitting down due to injury and Prince, whom I thought was incapable of getting sick, had to have his plane make an emergency landing due to flu-like symptoms. He was released from the hospital after a few hours so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Since tomorrow never knows, here are my suggestions for substitute singers in case these septuagenarians aren’t up to the task when the festival takes place in October.
The Rolling Stones – Prince
He’s got the voice, the moves, and can add another dimension to the Stones show with this guitar prowess
Paul McCartney – Noel Gallagher
It would be Noel’s ultimate dream to play the part of Paul plus in would piss off his brother Liam
Bob Dylan – Adele
Jake Bugg would be the obvious choice but Adele who brings it home with every performance of Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” would present the female perspective of these classic songs. If Cate Blanchett could do it in the movies, Adele could certainly do it on stage.
Neil Young-Courtney Barnett
She can rock and she can play acoustically and her view is slightly askew. Should would be the perfect stand-in for Neil Young.
The Who – Eddie Vedder
Some say Eddie has been playing the part of Roger Daltrey for his entire career. This would be a seamless transistion
Roger Waters – Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
Tame Impala has been creating psychedelic music for a new generation. It would be great to hear what Kevin would bring to Roger Waters paranoia views of the world.