The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist offers to front AC/DC

"Here I Am", Almqvist tells the Aussie rockers

The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist has put himself forward to front AC/DC in a post to the Swedish garage band’s official Facebook page.

The Australian rocker’s usual frontman Brian Johnson has been advised by doctors to quit touring immediately and retire due to the risk of losing his hearing completely.

“Here I am” and “please consider my application,” Almqvist wrote in the Facebook post, with AC/DC’s original singer Dave Evans – who sang with the band briefly in 1974 – also having put himself forward, though his suggestion is slightly more short term. Evans said: ”It would be nice to do one guest performance [with AC/DC]. [Former members] were all part of the band no matters what era they were from.”


AC/DC have already signalled their intent to fulfil their postponed American tour dates later this year, likely with a guest vocalist, and ‘Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist – who has a reputation as a lively performer – is unlikely to be the last applicant.

View the post on The Hives’ official Facebook page, below:

Very sad to hear Brian Johnson can´t do a bunch of AC/DC shows due to health problems. That man is a legend. I would…

Posted by The Hives on Friday, 11 March 2016

AC/DC have released a statement about Johnson’s hearing-related issues, writing:

“AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their ‘Rock Or Bust’ World Tour. AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.”

It continues: “[The] show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist. More information regarding these rescheduled shows to come. Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase.”


Johnson has been AC/DC’s lead vocalist since 1980, joining the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott.