AC/DC have confirmed their Rock Or Bust tour will resume next month with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose on vocals. Rose will perform on the European leg of the tour and for the 10 rescheduled U.S. dates.
The Aussie giants say: “AC/DC band members 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. 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 and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced.
“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 AC/DC shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.”
Brian Johnson says he’s “crushed” to no longer be fronting AC/DC and insists he’s not retired. The vocalist was ordered to stop touring last month or risk going deaf. Johnson issued a new statement outlining his health issues in greater detail, saying he can’t imagine a future without being in the band.
In other AC/DC news, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses in a surprise appearance onstage at Coachella to perform two of his own band’s songs – “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff.” Still using the throne he borrowed from Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl as he recovers from a broken foot, Axl Rose introduced his new bandmate about two-thirds of the way into Guns N’ Roses’ headlining set: “Since I can’t run around for you, we’re going to bring out a friend to put a little life into things for us. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Angus Young!”