Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian discussed metal guitarists covering AC/DC tunes, singling out what he sees as the top mistake numerous axemen make. He clarified on the Sixx Sense show (interpreted by UG):
“I hate when individuals cover AC/DC with like an extremely super high-pick up crunchy metal tone. It’s all off-base. You’re not listening.
“If that’s what’s you think AC/DC is, you’re off-base! It’s spotless. They have one of the cleanest tones ever. No, they’re not metal, they’re rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Scott additionally sang gestures of recognition of the most recent Axl Rose-fronted incarnation of AC/DC, saying:
“I hope they make a record [with Axl on vocals]. I want to hear it.
“I know Axl’s a major fan of AC/DC and notwithstanding when he was singing with them – from what I was told – Angus was even giving Axl a chance to like, ‘What do you wanna play?’
“So we saw them at the [Madison Square] Garden, they played such a great amount of stuff off the ‘Powerage’ album that I had never even heard live. Like ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation,’ ‘Riff Raff,’ such huge numbers of cool songs.
“On the off chance that they would have done ‘Down Payment Blues,’ I figure I would – ‘I’m finished! I’ll never go to another show again! That was the best!'”
You can check out Anthrax’s version of “TNT” below: