Rumors have been swirling about who’s going to appear onstage as lead singer during AC/DC live performances going forward since frontman Brian Johnson has been reportedly suffering from “total hearing loss.”
The band announced that Johnson will in fact be absent from the “Rock or Bust” World Tour as it continues, and, as rumors had it, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will take over lead singer duties.
In a statement released April 16th, the band said: “AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
The band postponed the last 10 dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced “total hearing loss.” Those dates will be rescheduled, also with Rose on vocals. Details will be released soon, the band said in a statement.
The European stadium tour will kick off May 7th in Lisbon, Portugal, and run through June 12th in Aarhus, Denmark. Following the European run, Rose will head out on tour with his Guns N’ Roses bandmates for the “Not In This Lifetime” Summer Stadium Tour.