When news broke that Brian Johnson would be leaving AC/DC due to hearing loss and strict doctor’s orders to cancel his remaining tour dates, the question of who would replace the heavy metal vocalist began to linger. Justin Hawkins of The Darkness? Joan Jett? Butthead? No, no, and we wish.
Shortly before Guns N’ Roses took the stage at Coachella on Saturday night, AC/DC released a statement confirming that GNR frontman Axl Rose will replace Brian Johnson on the remaining 10 dates of the band’s Rock or Bust Tour.
“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 statement explained. “We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
The 10 previously postponed tour dates that Axl Rose will appear on are listed below.
AC/DC Rock or Bust Tour Dates with Axl Rose
May 7 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Passeio Maritimo De Alges
May 10 – Seville, Spain @ Estadio De La Cartuja
May 13 – Marseille, France @ Stade Velodrome
May 16 – Werchter, Belgium @ Werchter Site
May 19 – Vienna, Austria @ Erns-Happel Stadium
May 22 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Letnany Airport
May 26 – Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion
May 29 – Berne, Switzerland @ Stade De Suisse
June 1 – Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Arena
June 4 – London, England @ The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
June 9 – Manchester, England @ Etihad Stadium
June 12 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Ceres Park
Following this tour it is unclear as to whether or not AC/DC will continue without Brian. But considering how many lineup changes the band has undergone since they first formed in Australia 43 years ago, it’s certainly not out of the question. Meanwhile, Axl Rose will join the recently reunited Guns N’ Roses for their Not In This Lifetime Tour at the end of June.
UPDATE: Axl Rose will also front AC/DC on the postponed dates of the North American leg of the tour. These dates have not yet been revealed.
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