AC/DC’s original singer offers to fill in for Brian Johnson if he stops touring

Dave Evans sang briefly in the band in 1974

AC/DC‘s original vocalist Dave Evans has offered to reunite with the hard rock band after recent reports that singer Brian Johnson could cease to perform live with the group.

The Australian band recently announced that they have rescheduled a handful of US live dates after Johnson was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”.

The group issued a statement on their official website confirming that the remaining dates of their US tour will be “made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist”.

Evans, who briefly sang in the band during 1974, has told The Sydney Morning Herald: ”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.”

He added: “A lot of people make jokes about going deaf from listening to loud music. It’s never been a problem for me. I just thought it was sad news [about Brian Johnson]. It’s your lifeblood as a singer, live performances are so personal, without the crowd and the adrenaline, it’s going to be hard for him. Performances are the big highs in our lives.”

Evans (pictured below) appeared on just one AC/DC recording, the 1974 single ‘Can I Sit Next to You, Girl’. He later formed the band Rabbit, more recently embarking on a solo career.

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

AC/DC had also been set to perform stadium gigs in Manchester and London during June, although it is not currently known whether these shows will continue to go ahead with or without Johnson. NME has approached press representatives of the group for a comment.