Guns N' Roses frontman confirmed as replacement for Brian Johnson for the band's 2016 world tour

By Phil Boucher
April 18, 2016 12:25 PM
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Hells Bells!

Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose has been confirmed on vocals for the remainder of AC/DC‘s ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour.

Rose – who this weekend headlined Coachella alongside Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan – will grab hold of lead singer Brian Johnson’s mic in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 and stay with AC/DC for the remainder of their European tour, ending June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Rose, 54, will then rejoin Guns N’ Roses for their Not in This Lifetime US stadium tour, before hitting the road with AC/DC for 10 US dates canceled in the wake of Johnson’s decision to quit the band on medical grounds.

In March, Johnson – who joined AC/DC when the band’s original frontman Bon Scott died from acute alcohol poisoning in February 1980 – was told by doctors that he risked total hearing loss if he didn’t “stop touring immediately”.

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years,” reads a statement posted on the official AC/DC website.

“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.”

The statement adds that AC/DC are “dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments,” which includes the 10 postponed U.S shows. Details of these rearranged dates will be “announced imminently” but will feature Rose on vocals, confirms the statement.

Rose’s offer to join AC/DC comes on the back of a string of difficulties to hit the rock band in recent years. In September 2014, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire because of dementia.

While last July, drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand for threatening to kill his former employee.