He replaces Brian Johnson, who has been advised to stop touring to save his hearing
The band said in statement today (April 17): “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 the first of two Coachella headline sets last night (April 16).
AC/DC announced last month (March) that they would be rescheduling a handful of US live dates after lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”.
The band confirmed today that “the 10 postponed US shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose”.
Brian Johnson had been AC/DC’s frontman since 1980, joining the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott. Rumours linking Axl Rose to the band had been swirling for several weeks.