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.
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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.