Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose will replace AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for the remainder of their latest tour, the Australian rock band has confirmed.
They postponed the Rock or Bust tour in March after Johnson, who joined AC/DC after Bon Scott’s death in 1980, was told he was at risk of going deaf.Rose will join their European and postponed North American dates, before returning to his band in the summer. In a statement, AC/DC said they were “fortunate” to have Rose’s “support”.
“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. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years.”
They added thanks to Gateshead-born Johnson “for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years”. Rose recently reunited with guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan for their first Guns N’ Roses gigs together in 23 years.