AC/DC singer Brian Johnson advised to retire from playing live amid fears of going deaf

Frontman told by doctors to 'stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss'

AC/DC have announced that they have rescheduled a handful of US live dates after singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”.

The hard rock band have 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”.

The group 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.


The band’s official statement reads: “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: “Tomorrow’s 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.


In September 2014, the band announced that founding member Malcolm Young would no longer be involved with the group due to ill health and the onset of dementia.

In 2015, the band parted ways with drummer Phil Rudd after he was charged with drug possession and making threats to kill. He was later convicted.

AC/DC’s most recent album ‘Rock Or Bust’ was released in 2014.