Brian Johnson revealed that he was blown away by good friend Axl Rose stepping in for him during the last string of AC/DC dates when he battled hearing issues.

Despite many fans feeling as though the band was being insensitive by “replacing” Johnson — the fact remains that the tour was booked and the band’s entire crew would’ve been out of work had the tour been canceled.

Brian Johnson told Ultimate Classic Rock he was thrilled by Axl carrying off his parts on the road: “He jumped into a tough, tough vocalist gig. You’ve got to be on top of your game for that. There’s not many resting places. You’ve really got to go in full chop, all of the time. And for him to do that at such short notice was pretty fantastic. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he did, y’know. A lot of respect.”

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  • AC/DC dove into sessions for the recently released Power Up album after a particularly trying time for the group; bassist Cliff Williams had retired from the band back in 2016 at the conclusion of the global trek behind the Rock Or Bust album — which featured Axl Rose temporarily replacing Brian Johnson, who was suffering from hearing issues. Drummer Phil Rudd, who battled both drug and legal issues, also came back behind the kit for the first time since 2015.

CHECK IT OUT: AC/DC with Axl Rose on June 15th, 2016 performing “Highway To Hell” live in Düsseldorf: