The schoolboy-clad Angus Young has been a permanent fixture with AC/DC for decades.
Not so the band’s replacement singer: Axl Rose.
The fact the Guns N’ Roses frontman was chairbound after breaking his foot only added to the intrigue for fans and critics alike, as he took the stage for the first time with AC/DC in Lisbon.
The veteran band were forced to reschedule dates on their Rock or Bust tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he risked “total hearing loss” if he continued.
Axl Rose’s appearance was AC/DC’s most anticipated change since Johnson himself replaced Bon Scott in 1980.
Even the pouring rain at the outdoor venue – or Rose’s confinement to his stage “throne” – was not going to dampen their enthusiasm.
“Yeah, he was good, I think he (Axl Rose) was good, I think he was good, he did it well,” one young female fan said after the concert.
“It was fantastic, it did not disappoint. It was a concert that exceeded expectations,” said another woman.
“You couldn’t even tell the difference in the vocals, you just have to love it,” added a third.
The band are on tour in Europe for the next month, including dates at London’s Olympic Park on June 4 and at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 9.
AC/DC review – Axl Rose brings menace as rock legends pull off a triumph https://t.co/w8RV1oWDst— The Guardian (@guardian) 8 May 2016