Axl Rose to Sing for AC/DC After Brian Johnson Suffers Hearing Problems
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose will be back on the road for a “Rock or Bust” world tour.
However, Rose is not going to be performing with Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour’, as for now, he’s replacing AC/DC’s singer Brian Johnson mid-tour, according to a statement posted on the band’s website.
Johnson was told in March to “stop touring immediately” or he would risk a total loss of his hearing, reported CNN.
“We understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to … save his hearing,” read the statement.
The band members added they “would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures,” according to the statement. “As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing.”
The band said that Rose “kindly offered his support” to help AC/DC out. It added:
“The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N Roses, Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour. The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.”
Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980 after original singer Bon Scott died. Their first album together, “Back in Black” became the band’s top-selling record.
Rose himself will tour with the original GNR lineup, which includes Slash and Duff McKagan, this summer.