AC/DC share first official photograph with Axl Rose

Photographer Roger Sargent took the black and white shot

AC/DC have shared the first official photo of the band since Axl Rose replaced frontman Brian Johnson.

The Guns N’ Roses singer was drafted in to take over Johnson’s duties in April, after he was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”.

Tonight (May 5), the group tweeted a black-and-white shot featuring Rose, which was taken by photographer Roger Sargent. They wrote: “Back on tour this Saturday night. First stop Lisbon – let’s do this! #RockOrBust”.

When the news was announced of Rose’s addition to the line-up, the band released a statement thanking Johnson for his time with the band. Johnson had been AC/DC’s frontman since 1980, joining the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott.

It read: “AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band over the years. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we support Brian’s decision to save his hearing.

“We are dedicated to fulfilling our touring commitments to all that have supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill (sic) this commitment.”

AC/DC currently have 12 European live dates booked in for May and June, including two UK shows: London’s Olympic Stadium on June 4 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 9.

Rose will then rejoin Guns N’ Roses for their ‘Not In This Lifetime’ North American tour, which runs from June 23 to August 22. The band – now missing just one member of its classic lineup, Izzy Stradlin – played their first gigs back with two Coachella headline sets last month.